Bermuda Zoological Society's Reef Watch 2014

$25,073

 

125% Raised of$20,000 Goal

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Bermuda Zoological Society's Reef Watch 2014 Photo
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EVENT DATE: Jun 28, 2014

REEF WATCH will train you to recognize key fish and corals essential for reef health. Training is scheduled at the Aquarium at 6pm on either 23rd or 24th June. Each vessel contributes an entry fee of $500 to coral reef research. The funds will support data collection and analysis. The entry fee must be paid when you attend your training. It can be paid by the participants; however, we encourage you to compete against other boats and to raise as much money as possible for coral reef research. REEF WATCH has been developed to be an annual community environmental monitoring fundraising project run by Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS). It supports on-going management of the Bermuda Reef Platform by mobilizing and training volunteers, BZS members, students, interested naturalists, recreational fishermen, lobster divers, boaters, etc., on a one day event to identify and record key reef species. Bermuda supports the northern-most coral reef system in the world and it is the aim of BZS to increase awareness by monitoring the health and abundance of critical species of fishes and corals within our coral reef system. This annual event will help us understand, protect and manage our reef environment. BZS has developed an inexpensive, simple, non-invasive method for the monitoring of fish species and assessment of coral health. Fish sightings can be recorded directly on the REEF WATCH slate that has been specifically designed for underwater use and includes a colour guide to the target fish species. All submitted data will be made available on the BZS website (www.bzs.bm). Scientists will evaluate volunteer results and compare the distribution of their reef surveys with all other existing data from each reef site; making it possible to compare many different reefs at any one point in time, as well as a single reef over time. Together we can build a growing movement protecting our ocean playground, striving toward a clean, healthy ocean. Over the past several decades, there has been a dramatic decline in the health of coral reef systems globally. Bermuda is one of the few remaining locations with relatively healthy reefs. For this reason, the Island's shallow water marine habitats not only are important locally, but also serve both as an important barometer of global reef health and as an "ark" or life raft where reef plants and animals might survive until neighbouring Caribbean reefs recover. Only through focused resource management and conservation actions, guided by comprehensive monitoring, will Bermuda’s reefs and fish stocks remain resilient and healthy. The BREAM project, through BZS sponsorship, has created an accurate map of Bermuda's entire reef complex and its distribution of plants and animals. Data are shared internationally to promote better understanding of coral reefs. The production of such a map is essential in developing a baseline database of the current status of Bermuda's reef system with which future trends can be compared. What to do now? 1. Set up a BOAT TEAM by clicking on SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISER - very quick and easy 2. Donate to an existing BOAT Team by clicking on DONATE TO A FUNDRAISER 3. Need Help adding your boat or donating to an exisiting boat? E-mail idwalker@gov.bm

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Team Coral Coast

Amount Raised:

$4,740

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Reef Rummer

Amount Raised:

$4,203

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Porgy Protectors

Amount Raised:

$3,275

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Team Dom Perignon

Amount Raised:

$2,750

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Team Endurance

Amount Raised:

$1,350

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Team Appleby

Amount Raised:

$1,125

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Team Glencoe

Amount Raised:

$1,000

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Team Kerberos

Amount Raised:

$750

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Groundswell

Amount Raised:

$625

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HISCOX-ASHLEY DUPRE

Amount Raised:

$600

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HISCOX- FIREFLY

Amount Raised:

$500

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SKIN E DIPPERS

Amount Raised:

$500

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Willis Re

Amount Raised:

$500