What is Green Reef Doing? - by Jill Hepp
As the year 2000 comes to a close, Green Reef is beginning to explore some very exciting projects that will benefit both the community of San Pedro and several other villages along the coast of Belize. Green Reef has spent considerable time during the last several months preparing project proposals and has recently been informed that several of the projects have been accepted and subsequent funding has been approved.
Green Reef facilitated Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute's annual Manatee Week during the month of November. This event was open to the public and over 450 school children toured the displays and heard presentations given by the two full-time Green Reef volunteers. Green Reef wishes to thank the participating schools and offers an invitation to interested teachers to contact the organization to obtain further information on coral reef ecology and environmental education. Green Reef is also beginning preparations to offer weekly presentations that will focus on coral reef ecology and conservation, which will be open to all residents and tourists. Green Reef hopes to utilize the resources of the many local tour guides to help facilitate these weekly presentations.
Through a grant provided through Professional Association of Diving Instructors' (PADI) "Project AWARE," Green Reef will be purchasing approximately twenty reef mooring buoys. These buoys will replace some of the fifty original buoys that Green Reef had installed at various local dives sites. A large number of these buoys were lost to either Hurricane Mitch or Hurricane Keith. The mooring buoy system is designed to protect coral reefs from anchor destruction by embedding a stainless steel mooring pin into the hard substrate within the coral reef and attaching a floating buoy. This system causes very little disturbance to the surrounding habitat and provides easier anchoring for dive operators and fisherman. Green Reef wishes to encourage local users to actively participate in the preparation, installation and maintenance of the mooring systems.
Green Reef wishes to promote community participation
in all of its projects. Green Reef is especially interested in obtaining support
for the weekly lectures and assistance with the installation of the mooring
buoys. Please contact Green Reef (email: [email protected] or 026-2833 or
026-3254 extension 243) if you foresee being able to provide assistance with
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