1) From Environmental News Network. http://chat.enn.com/
'Join a live chat with Todd Barber, chairman of the Reef Ball Foundation,
about the health of the world's coral reef systems and the threats posed
by pollution and other issues.
Barber's organization has worked around the world to protect and
regenerate coral reefs.
About our guests:
Todd Barber is president of the Reef Ball Development Group Ltd. and
chairman of the Reef Ball Foundation.
This chat is scheduled for next Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. ET. '
Go to www.enn.com for more information.
2) The Reef Ball Foundation has approved a grant for research project
designed to study the success of artificial reefs in estuarine under-dock
environments . . .
‘The purpose is to publicize the potential benefits of creating habitats
to encourage the growth of important plant and fish populations in
estuarine environments such as the Barnegat Bay area of New Jersey.
Standard oceanographic sampling will be conducted on a bimonthly basis
analyzing the water for such characteristics as: dissolved oxygen, PH,
salinity, temperature, turbidity, and nitrogen. The latter test will be
conducted with the use of the marine biology laboratory equipment at
Jenkinson’s Aquarium. In addition, both underwater still photography and
videotaping will be conducted at least twice annually to record the
progress of the growth of the reef. Over the course of the three-year
period of study, fish counts will be taken to further analyze the aquatic
The hypothesis of this study is that, for a minimal cost, homeowners and
waterfront commercial establishments alike could help to support the
natural ecosystem through the installation of personal reefs, made more
accessible through such pre-existing reef designs as those offered by the
Reef Ball Development Group.’
3) The Reef Ball Foundation website, www.reefball.org is temporarily down
this weekend. The technical support staff of our internet provider is
working on the problem and we hope the site will be up shortly. In the
meantime please visit www.reefball.com for your information which is
hosted by another company and still operational.