1) Jacksonville Florida’s Mandarin Senior High School, under the
leadership of Alex Waters, Marine Sciences Teacher has been awarded 1st
place in the Captain Planet Category of the Busch Gardens National
Environmental Awards. This award is for $10,000. This is the 2nd time in
3 years that a High School Reef Ball Project has won this prestigious
award! Thanks to all the hard work of the students and teachers involved
in this project.
2) Filming by Jules Unlimited in Naiper, New Zealand of the Reef Ball
project will take place on April 13th and 14th in conjunction with the
Reef Ball deployment of those dates. Spectators are welcomed.
3) An aquaculture project in the Florida Keys has requested Reef Balls to
help protect the live rock farm.
4) From Oman, “Over a short time the reef balls have shown tremendous
potential for recovery of coral reefs (and Artificial reefs for commercial
fishing purposes). We need now to gather more detailed data on recruitment
aspects and actual growth patterns of the various species. Dinusha de
Sylva, an MSc student in Newcastle, was picked up to join the team after
introduction from RBDG to join the scientific efforts lead by Michel
Cearboudt of SQU. Dinusha will primarily be working with him using the
facilities at SQU as required. The additional diving activities will be
combined with the regular RAHSAC dives. This resource is in addition to
those already working on Reef Balls in Oman.
5) Reef Ball Molds are being shipped to New Zealand this week.
6) The Reef Ball Coalition has had a late cancellation and 2 slots have
opened up for the Reef Ball Dominica Trip with Tanya Streeter. Contact
Jason Seeley at email@example.com to reserve your space on this
exciting trip! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE….DON’T WAIT ON THIS ONE!