Ocean Friendly tips for a Plastic Free Month

Ocean Friendly tips for a Plastic Free Month

  Continue to avoid the worst offenders like single-use plastic bags, straws, bottles, and utensils by choosing reusable and sustainable alternatives.Shop in bulk to avoid excess single-use plastic packaging, bring mesh or cloth bags for purchases. Shop your...
Curaçao During COVID Times

Curaçao During COVID Times

What’s going on with corals at the nursery in Curacao during the Covid19 pandemic? Here’s what I found out from the manager of the dive operation at Ocean Encounters that’s been closed to divers. The coral continues to grow and restoration efforts are...
From Shower to Sea

From Shower to Sea

Coral reefs are dying at an alarming rate.  In the Caribbean 98% of reef building hard corals have died since the late 1980’s due to: pollution from chemicals & fertilizer global warming increasing ocean acidification severe weather events   damaging fishing...
Coral Restoration in the Caribbean

Coral Restoration in the Caribbean

Organizations across the globe are working to restore corals using various scientific techniques and practices, making groundbreaking achievements. When deciding on a dive destination some years ago, I chose Curaçao where along with 5 others took the Coral Restoration...
Reef Building Corals of the Caribbean

Reef Building Corals of the Caribbean

There are over 70,000 identified species of corals found throughout the oceans of the world. Together, corals are the largest living things on our planet. They feed large portions of the developing world – over ½ billion people, they are the medicine cabinet to...
Local Factors Affecting Coral Reefs

Local Factors Affecting Coral Reefs

Great waves of change occur with individuals acting There are things that even those of us who live far from the coasts can do so as not to negatively impact reefs. Use organic fertilizers and employ companion planting and natural pest control in home gardens. Avoid...