Happy Graduation J.A.M.I.N. Students!

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I am happy to announce that we are graduating our first group of J.A.M.I.N. students in Port Antonio, Jamaica! It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since I first starting planning the program with our partners at Alligator Head Foundation (AHF). As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” These past two years have given me countless wonderful memories while working with my partners at AHF. Sometimes it feels like they have been with us since the program’s inception. It is incredible what two like-minded organizations can accomplish when they work together. Thank you to all of the staff at Alligator Head Foundation for your tremendous work ethic and determination throughout the program. Special thanks to Denise Henry, who led the program for AHF. I couldn’t have done it without you. The Living Oceans Foundation looks forward to partnering with AHF in the years to come.

Mangrove Tannin: What is it?

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In January, our second-year J.A.M.I.N. students were tasked with collecting a variety of growth measurements from the mangrove trees that they tagged and identified inside their quadrats. Before we started, I wanted to review the characteristics that are unique to each species of mangroves, a skill they learned previously during the first year of the program. I decided to quiz the students instead. “How can we identify the red mangrove?” I asked. The replies came quickly. “Prop and drop roots.” “Pointy, thick leaves.” “Green bean-like propagules.” All correct. But among the flurry of eager replies, one stood out as several students shouted in unison. “Red tannin!”

Mangrove Education and Restoration Program Expansion A Success

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With the help of our partners FRIENDS of the Environment in the Bahamas and the University of the West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Lab in Jamaica, we have successfully completed the third year of J.A.M.I.N. and second year of B.A.M. …

Seville – The Birthplace of Modern Jamaica

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This past year in collaboration with the University of the West Indies Discovery Bay Marine Lab, we partnered with Seville Heritage Park to deliver the J.A.M.I.N. program to students in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. The partnership with Seville Heritage Park …

Closing Time – Wrapping up the Mangrove Education & Restoration Programs

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We reached the end of the school year in parts of the Americas. I can’t believe I’m already returning to the Caribbean to wrap up our Mangrove Education & Restoration programs (B.A.M. and J.A.M.I.N.) in this third and final installment. For the past …