1) From "the gulf off Perdido - the attached photo is after about 16
months submersion at 60 feet - as you can see the ball is completely
covered with life - barnacles, sponges, algae, anemones - even a few tiny
hard corals taking hold. We're real happy with its progress.
G.R. Murchison"--Note Photo will be posted to underwater images in the
Reef Ball Photo Gallery- http://www.reefball.com/Photogallery.htm
2) Todd Barber (President of RBDG), Kathy Kirbo (Executive Director of RB
Foundation), and Larry Beggs (President of Reef Innovations)will be
traveling to Belize, Cancun and Cozumel from the 12-24. The group is
starting and training folks for a project in Belize, meeting with a new
authorized contractor for Reef Balls in Cancun, and performing monitoring
on the Reef Balls in Cancun and the Reef Ball supervised Sculpture Park in
Cozumel. The Reef Ball offices will remain open and staffed with the
exception of the Reef Ball Foundation which will have an answering machine
"manning" the office.
3) Reef Ball staff will be attending a Recreational Fishing Alliance
meeting in Miami on the 10th.
4) Reef Ball staff are meeting with Bear Advertising at the Miami Boat
Show on the 11th to discuss future projects.
5) Dr Antony Jensen, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of
Southampton, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK.
Is using Reef Balls for research. A few Reef Balls have already been made
and deployed as a test of construction and he plans to add more in April.
6) Also from Dr. Jensen and on another note, researchers, be reminded,
abstracts for the 7th CARAH are due in at the end of February 1999. Please
send them to me by email, all information is on the webpage at 7th CARAH
Jay Jorgensen will be handling the updates until Mr. Barber returns from
the project so please send information for updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week!