A new coral nursery consisting of 6 coral trees has been installed at Dive Center Scuba Do’s house reef located at Jan Thiel Bay. This coral nursery will hold 360 coral fragments, providing optimum conditions for these corals to grow and mature. The Dive Center Scuba Do staff in partnership with CRFC will maintain these fragments for the purpose of out planting them onto the reef surrounding the nursery. These out planted corals will not only improve the health of the reef, but also increase the local fish populations for the area.
“We are really excited that Dive Center Scuba Do has embraced coral restoration and is now investing in the valuable work we’re doing”said Katie Leeper, CRFC Coordinator. “Not only are we able to increase the amount of corals that are being restored back to the reef, but we are also able to educate more tourists and members of the public about the benefit of healthy coral reef systems. Awareness of the work we do is incredibly important, and we’re really pleased that Dive Center Scuba Do is involved!”
“As a responsible dive operator here on Curaçao, I believe it is critical that we re-invest in our natural resources to ensure a sustainable outcome for future generations. The fact is, we are incredibly grateful to have access to such unbelievable biodiversity today here on Curaçao, but to assume that without care and attention that our environment can sustain itself would be naïve. We must do our very best every day to restore what we as humans have damaged or even destroyed over the years”, says Jan Geerings, Managing Director of Dive Center Scuba Do
Support from like-minded businesses and dive shops allows CRFC to engage future generations with the health of the oceans and provide hope for restoring the reefs of Curaçao.
Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao (CRFC) set-up in 2015 is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the shallow water coral reef systems in Curaçao and educating the community on the significance of the oceans.
They work with critically endangered species of corals, growing them in nurseries and out planting them onto new sites. To date CRFC has out planted over 7300 corals to 7 locations and engaged more than 150 students.
None of this work would be possible without the sponsorship from Maduro & Curiel’s Bank (MCB), Ocean Encounters, Scubacao, Avila Beach Hotel, Baoase Luxury Resort, Kontiki Beach Resort and LionsDive Beach Resort.