Coral Restoration Diver

Coral Restoration Diver from Shelly Craig on Vimeo.

Coral Reefs are nursery grounds to 25% of all known marine species and home to nearly 33% of all known fish species.  Reefs are important to maintain biological diversity.

The major threat to coral reefs are diseases, loss of Sea Urchins, coral bleaching, degraded water quality and hurricanes.

The mission of the Coral Reef Foundation Bonaire (CRFB) is to develop affordable, effective strategies for protection and restoring the shallow water population of  the two protected species of Staghorn and Elkhorn coral along the coasts of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.

The CRFB project was born in 2012, when Ken Nedimeyer of the CRF http://www.coralrestoration.org was invited to visit the island to work with and assist Bonaire with their continued efforts to preserve Bonaire’s greatest assets, it’s reefs.

The video was shot with a GoPro Hero3+ and is my personal impression of taking the Distinctive Specialty course of “Coral Restoration Diver” offered by Great Adventures Dive Shop at Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire.  It is a vacation video with the purpose of informing others and inviting them to become involved in the project if they wish to give something back to our beautiful Coral Reefs.

Get ready to restore!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire
Flamingos in water making a heart shape. Bonaire

Locally known as Chogogo, the Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) is famous on Bonaire, and is celebrated as the island’s national bird.  The flamingo population depends on just four major breeding sites in the Caribbean: Great Inagua, Cuba, Yucatan and Bonaire. On Bonaire, the flamingos breed exclusively in the Pekelmeer flamingo sanctuary in the south of the island, typically from January to July. Up to 3,000 breeding pairs use the sanctuary every year; females lay a single white egg in a volcano-shaped nest built from mud.

Resource: DCNA