ANTIGUA'S MARINE LIFE
Inshore, Lagoons and Reefs
Closed Seasons and General Restrictions:
If fishing or diving in Antigua, please note the following Closed Seasons and/ or restrictions for various species. This is of critical importance to allow stocks under pressure to have a fighting chance of sustainability.

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Background:
This is a new project (mid 2017) which is formally beginning to record the marine species found in the inshore (+brackish waters) (<25m/ 80ft) of Antigua island, i.e. not currently incorporating Barbuda or Redonda localities. To date there has been no reliable, verifiable, or formal publically available, record.

This innovative project will catalogue the marine life found in these coastal waters and  provide an up-to-date, public resource for  interested parties.

The aims, in order of prioritisation, are:
a).  Formally identify, with photographic evidence, the species in inshore waters.
b).  Provide a publically available list of species identified to be extant in Antigua
c)   Provide biological information on each species
(initially fishes, then crustaceans, then others over time).
d).  Provide a public resource to aid identification of species recorded in Antigua.

The initial prioritisation will be on fish species, with opportunistic data/ evidence of invertebrate species. The project then will move onto these other phyla.



Tools:
To see the biological details about the recorded individual species (fish and invertebrates), or the biological Families, follow the links from the "Species Records" menu above.

To identify a fish, use the "ID" menu above, which catagorises (fish) species by visual characteristics. Generally for the more common species.
NEWS
6 Oct 2018
Last intern for the Summer has now left to finish his Maine Biology degree. No more interns now booked until December.

16 Sep 18
Now at 210 fish species.
Patch reef goby seems remarkably absent to date, with its niche occupied by Sand Canyon Gobies.
Much ongoing work on updating the huge backlog on website with better Antiguan pictures and replacing the borrowed ones used for ID, plus adding more data on species and making pages consistent. Long, laborious ongoing work, ably assisted by the latest intern!
Diving continues.

25 July
Have now breached the 200 species milestone for fish photographcally verified in Antigua island's waters! Found a couple of extra ones in Redonda (Roughhead Triplefin and Almaco Jack, (an uninhabited island 35 miles offshore, belonging to the state of Antigua and Barbuda), but since they were not within the geographical limits of this project, they are not recorded on this site nor database!

15 June
Almost finished setting up our base, new office etc and organising marine biology students to come along and help out over the Summer and beyond. Now to catch up on the backlog of data and descriptions for this website. Will be back to recording soon once the admin and logistics are firmed up. Also new equipment testing.

28 May
Big changes! Now back on the island with a permanent base and presence, so for the last 12 days and the next week we are moving into and setting up the new premises. Office/ lab, accomodation for visitors/ interns etc, so soon we'll now be able to get started with appropriate facilities. Over the Summer we'll also be joined by interns studying Marine Biology from various universities - interviews are now drawing to an end. Up until now we had predominantly been setting up logistics etc, with occasional forays..now going full time.

30 APR 18
Three week break from recording and gradually uploading to website. will be adding verified species to lists first, then adding details, keys etc as time permits (no active links until then). This will allow checklsts to be promulgated earler.
E.g. ...Have confirmed a species range expansion for one species to date..Atlantic Oyster Blenny, not previously formerly reported in the lesser Antilles.
Recording begins anew from 18 May.

17 Feb
Next surveying begins from 21 Feb 2018 for 9 weeks. This time we will also have an underwater drone, x3 full-face masks with underwater communications and a spare set of scuba gear, although snorkelling and shore work etc will continue. The small boat is gradually being kitted-out. Now really need local volunteers to help out and join in, plus others to send images. Please contact us via the contact form here or via the Facebook page (@AntiguaMarineLife) ...regrettably we cannot openly publish the email etc due to the spambot threat, but those who contact us will soon receive it privately, + phone numbers etc! :-) :-)

25 Jan
Following a brief administration visit to Antigua, we're now back in UK, returning for a recording visit on 21 Feb.
NEWS: We now have a small 4x4 vehicle and the little boat is gradually being sorted out...having had our first 2-diver sea trial last week.
We are now investigating the possibility of brining some full-face masks with underwater communications systems and a spare diver's equipment set (BCD/ Regulators) for the February trip, so will have further facilities for others to join in..the more eyes the better!!! Snorkelling will also continue for non-divers.
Will try to organise a get-together in February in the English Harbour area for those interested :-)

18 Dec
Next surveying visit begins 29 December 2017.
Invertebrate data is gradually being added.

12 Dec
All 181 fish (and 4 sea turtles) identified with photographic evidence to date now have full descriptions on the site and are included in the simple visual identification key..obviously more will be added as the surveying continues.
Invertebrates will be a long, gradual task.

IMAGE/ TEXT COPYRIGHTS
Copyrights of
all images (openly credited or not) are retained centrally by this site on behalf of contributors and site researchers. This is an open educational site, hence you are free to use these images and texts for educational/ informational purposes, but please do provide a link to spread the word about this public resource.
Should you wish to use images for commercial purposes, please contact, in order that you can be put in contact with the image rights holder if applicable. The project relys on the kind consent of some commercial enterprises for some contributions and they might be rightly upset if their images were used for marketing by a competitor!
Many thanks for your understanding of such complexities and nicities :-)


Help/ Get Involved:
To report the sighting of an unlisted species, or to provide a better quality image/ phenotypic variant, please use the Contact Form with supporting photographs and other useful information e.g. location, date etc if possible.
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Species listed are those which have been confirmed by photographic evidence in Antigua
Please note - this is not a photography showcase site, but one of evidence-based recording.