TEENS4OCEANS wrote -
When Trevor Mendelow, Teens4Oceans Executive Director, received the call on the morning of August 28th that the communications barge had capsized, gloom set over the headquarters of Teens4Oceans and the student chapters who had been so excited about this project. We quickly learned that the electronics on board the top-side barge were destroyed when they were submerged in salt water.
In order to have a functioning camera feed to continue capturing the coral spawning event, we need to act fast. And in order to improve the system to be sink-proof, we need the kind of financial support that will free us from shoestring-budget decisions.
How did this happen?
Torrential rains filled air space inside the barge through an open vent. Any number of reasons could be to blame for this happening. We were planning to fill that air space with closed cell foam in the coming weeks, but alas we were too slow. The complex nature of insuring our equipment left us without any coverage for damaged equipment. As we speak, the kind folk at Ocean Frontiers Dive Center are making the support virtually unsinkable by filling the pontoons with expanded foam; we cannot have this happen again.
What can you do to help us?
Donate what you can to help us replace our equipment and improve our system! We want you all to join our community of avid coral monitoring ocean lovers. Be assured, that if we raise this money, you will soon be looking at the beautiful organisms on our Cayman Cam.
What do we need?
- 5 solar panels and sealed batteries that provide power to our entire system
- New data acquisition tools
- A smattering of electronics equipment, circuit boards, bulkheads, … that were destroyed when the watertight communications boxes went too far beneath the surface
- Air travel to the island from our home in Boulder to replace the system and salvage what we can
When do we need it?
We plan to live stream the 2013 coral spawning event starting on September 24th. Everything must be back up and running by then, so we’re running this campaign to raise enough money for our team to fly down in mid-September for the install. We hope to bring students with us on this restoration effort, because so many have been involved in this project over the last two years. With your help, we’ll make it happen!
As an added bonus, our friends at Ocean Frontiers Dive Center would like to thank for donating with the following tokens of appreciation:
US$50 = Snorkel Trip to visit the Webcam site
US$250 = Weekend for 2 at Compass Point Dive Resort (2 Nights stay)
US$500 = Unlimited PM 2 Tank Dives for 6 days for 2 divers (Afternoon dives only)
US$1000 = 7 Nights Stay at Compass Point Dive Resort (for 2 persons)
* Travel and airfare to Grand Cayman Island not included.
For more information about the Teens4Oceans Cayman Project, visit our website.