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 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
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.

27 Nov
Have added a general turtles page as requested, since there's much misidentification in Antigua (and online)..detailed species description pages for them will follow :-) But will ned image input from Antigua from others to adhere to the base protocol  :-)

06 Nov
Now at 180 fish species with photographic evidence in Antigua going through the images slowly..all now listed on the Species record list and gradually adding the subpages with details (those in yellow have a link), but it's a long process as they have to be listed on multiple pages including the Fish ID pages and under the Family pages :-)

01 Nov
Gradually going through the images from last trip and we are now up to 177 recorded fish species! It will take some months to add all the new data, so iniatially there will not be full functionality untill all subpages are populated. Invertebrates will follow.
There will also be some amendments on other pages.

20 Aug
Next survey begins 29th August

9 Aug
Invertebrates recorded to date now all have their biological descriptions. Might be able to add a couple more species by regoing through the photo archive at some point, but now gearing up for the next expedition starting 29 Aug.

4 August
Biological descriptions of the recorded crustaceans now completed

28 July
Currently organising the BBQ for local businesses, NGOs, formal bodies etc to explain the project ...set for 1st September. Will gradually be adding species details for the invertebrates over the next few weeks. Next recording session from 29th August to 14 October

7 July
Have added all the fish identified on last trip and now adding invertebrates and will be gradually adding full individual description pages as has been done for the fish. Also have more Antiguan fish images (to be used for identification points) to replace stock images where good enough. Bear in mind this is not a photography showcase website!! :-)
Now have a small boat for the next 6 week survey, beginning 29 August.

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.