TS/TD/Hurricane Karl WEATHER UPDATE: We have postponed our super fun party until October 8th at the aquarium from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. Please come early so we can get your data into the quick synopsis. REEF Watch participants can do their reef surveys between now and October 8th so you get to pick the best day for you and your team.
Given that we have an extra two weeks we are encouraging all our teams to do continue with extra fund raising right through till the party.
We are also extending our sign up times for Teams - please contact us for personal training options at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not the same as a gym membership!
REEF WATCH is a simple and fun way for you to become a coral scientist for a day while raising funds for further coral reef research to happen! You get to have a cool job for a day, give our entire reef a check-up with your friends and then celebrate in style!! Go on, give it a try and get your friends to help too.
This year we are “working” on the science over the two weeks leading up to and including the 8th October. Our party to celebrate your success to be held at the Aquarium on evening of October 8th and we really want you come so we can hang out with you and your awesome team and to get all your data and equipment back.
So how does this all work you ask? Each vessel contributes a minimum entry fee of $500 to coral reef research. WOW, you say, that’s a lot of money! Now don’t panic, you can use this page to help you raise the money. Most boats raise their money through increments of $10 and $20 by working with their friends, colleagues and that neighbour down the street who always hits you up for school raffles. It’s easy because it is all online and done through social media. We encourage boats to compete against each other to raise the most money. To make it worth your while (other than that warm feeling of satisfaction you get for helping the environment) we have prizes for boats to win. All the money raised will go towards Bermuda coral reef research……every single cent.
So how do I get going on this groovy, science party, I hear you ask:
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 existing boat? E-mail email@example.com
So how does the data you collect help? (Disclaimer – dry language ahead but essential to our efforts)
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.