Category Archives: Cayman Islands

Volunteering for Coral Reefs

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by Robert Barossi

There are some mixed and unconfirmed reports this morning about a possible oil spill in the Great Barrier Reef. Hopefully, it won’t turn out to be a major spill that’s devastating to the Reef. Coral reefs are just one of the many types of fragile ecosystems that need so much protection and preservation, especially in our overdeveloped and continuously developing, and changing, world. So, this morning, a few stories about how some people are volunteering to help out reefs in their area. In Australia, a group called UniDive has won the 2015 Healthy Waterways award for their work as citizen scientists. In over 500 dives, the divers collected large amounts of invaluable data on the local reefs and their diverse ecosystems. In the Caymans, a filmmaker has volunteered his time to make a documentary film about a threatened local reef. The film may go a long way toward educating people about a reef in the area where a cruise ship berthing facility is proposed.  And in Florida, wounded and disabled veterans are helping to restore coral along the coast. The veterans are working with the organization Diveheart and Nova Southeastern University to rehabilitate and restore coral heavily damaged by many factors, including pollution and boats.

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Taking a Dive for the Environment

P1000324(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

One of the volunteers I interviewed for my book was, among other things, a scuba diver in Newport, Rhode Island. He has spent years using his diving skills to help the environment in a number of ways, including a talent for underwater photography, which he donates to local environmental organizations. Other scuba divers, like this group of lawyers in the Cayman Islands, take to the ocean to help the environment by clearing rubble and debris. In this case, the problem was caused by the anchor of a Carnival cruise ship. The lawyers from Appleby’s spent a day helping to clear and repair the ecologically important coral reef that was damaged by the ship’s anchor. They are just a few of the people who have been volunteering to dive down and do whatever they can to save the reef.