1) The South Altantic Fishery Management Council voted to modify its ban
on harvest of Sargassum seaweed (a floating essential fish habitat) to
allow a "limited" harvest off the shores of North Carolina.
It's amazing to us that congress could mandate the protection of essential
fish habitat and yet the SAFMC could vote to allow for it's continual
distruction. Contact Kim Iverson 843-571-4366 for the SAFMC News Release
on the subject.
Sargassum floating seaweed is associated with thousands of types of
juvinile fish, sea turtles, exotic sargassum fish and the floating masses
are known by peligics such as dolphin as cover and food sources. The
harvest of this seaweed is apparently used to feed livestock!
2) Firth Industries, from Napier, New Zealand is donating concrete to the
Reef Ball New Zealand project. Thanks to Norm May of Firth!
3) EMPACA, our authorized contractor in the Dominincan Republic reports
that several hotels are in the investigation phases to add Reef Ball
breakwaters and Reef Ball Hotel Guest programs....more to come...
4) Duncan Seawall, Dock & Boat Lift, Inc. sent in a request to become a
Reef Ball authorized contractor in Sarasota, FL. yesterday.