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Date: Mar 21 2000 17:16:07 EST
From: "Reef Ball's Interested List" <>
Subject: Reef Ball Update

Message #156

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 to reserve your space on this exciting trip! FIRST COME FIRST SERVE….DON’T WAIT ON THIS ONE!


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