1)FROM CORALATIONS in PUERTO RICO: "U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is
interested in doing something with the Reef Balls. They have done some
work with fish attractors in the past and are now involved in coastal zone
management issues and can access restoration funds. This is what we were
told last week. They have also just found us an excellent place to store
the container and molds during storm
Culebra now has a Marine Fishery Reserve Area - with fishing
restrictions and enforcement! This is a first for Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association has just spoken out against
the government's primary sewage outfalls in Puerto Rico. This, as I'm sure
you realize is really huge - for tourism to come out and question the
safety of their own coastal waters in order to effect positive change
-very courageous. The vice president of tourism agreed to hear our initial
presentation on these outfalls and coastal water quality in Puerto Rico in
large part because they
associated CORALations with the Reef Balls. Reef Ball has made a
difference through this ripple effect. Congratulations on this to you
also- high visibility does make a difference too. Thanks again for the
Clean Water Victory for our Coasts - what a lobby!
2)We've just finished the editing of our Cancun Reef Ball Monitoring Video
8/99. It's on the web and availble in many formats.
This high-color video documents the growth on Reef Balls after 3 years in
a tropical coral reef system. It is available on Digital Hi-8 Format (or
less if desired) for Press, or other publicity related uses. It is an
order of magnitude more beautiful with each increase in format (The Hi-8
Digital is breathtaking!). If you want to know why Reef Balls really are
coral reefs, just view this. You will eliminate the word, "Artificial
Reefs" from your vocabulary when you view this video!
The video is set to light Jazz music with titling of some of the corals,
invertebrates and fish making their homes on Reef Balls.
Here is what to expect in the scenes (in order of appearance):
-Beautiful Pallet Ball covered with growth
-Cleaning Shrimp in a Curly Que Anemone
-Puffer Fish (Blow Fish)
-Branching Fire Corals
-Black Globe Sponge
-Gorgonian Corals (Soft)
-Blue Headed Wrasse (both phases)
-Christmas Tree Worms (retracting into Reef Ball)
-Sponges and hydroid communities
-Gorgonian in Vortex (Whirlpool effect of Reef Ball Holes)
-Tunicates in Vortex
-Fire Red Sponges (inside Reefball)
-360 Rotating Pallet Ball
-Blue Angel fish, Cuban Wrasse
-Queen Parrot Fish (Following her around Reef Balls)
-Sargent Major Fish & Yellow Tail Snapper
-Scene of Single Reef Ball
-Ends in shot of coral
We have serveral versions (all are the same 11 min. and 30 sec.) on the
web from 5 MB to 17MB...pick the largest one you have patience and
equipment to download....it's worth the better quality! You will need the
Real Player (get it at http://www.real.com) to view the video.
(Expect the higher quality, larger files to be posted within 24
hours...the 5 MB file is on-line now and the 17 MB file is posting now and
should be on-line within 3 hours)
Quicklink to http://www.reefball.com/video.htm and download now!