We've been in San Remo for the International Artificial Reef Science
Conference and we've got lots of news to report. The confernence was an
overwhelming success with lots of papers on Reef Balls!
More details over the coming week but here are some quick highlights of
the last two weeks...
1) Brazil deployed a bargeload of Reef Balls to commemorate the start of
the large Ecoplan project with a final goal of over 14,000 Reef Balls. A
second project is now antcipated in Rio.
2) We received great monitoring reports and Reef Ball updates from Taiwan,
Brazil, Florida, Alabama, England, Maldives, Malaysia, Mexico and many
3)We are working on another Dive Shop related Reef Ball project for South
Vancouver Island (40 miles north of Sidney).
4) The Secretary of the State of Florida will receive an plaque from Reef
Ball Foundation today honoring the top grant receipant school St.
Augustine High School for the Reef Ball program and Archeological project.
The award will be presented at the St. Augustine Lighthouse that is
celebrating there 125th anniversary.
5) On October 23, (next Saturday) at 11:00 AM at the Music Shed downtown
Jacksonville (near the stadium) a press day will be held celebrating the
600+ Reef Ball Kirbo Memorial Reef. Construction of the Reef Balls has
just been completed.
The reef is being built in honor of Charles H. Kirbo, who served as an
advisor to President Jimmy Carter, was a trestee of the Carter Center, and
a Trustee of the T.M. and Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust. The reef is
being built entirely from a grant from the Kirbo Charitable Trust and the
Reef Ball Foundation.
The project represents a collaberative effort between local schools, such
as Mandarin High School, St. Augustine Hight School, and Jacksonville
University, and community organizations and local businessess such as the
Offshore Sport Fishing Club and the Reef Research Team.
More later about this and many new exciting projects...