Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!

by Beyond The Reef
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
Artificial Coral Reefs to fund kids swim lessons!
KATS Dock Rebuild
KATS Dock Rebuild

While 2020 threw us some curve balls, we made the most of it with smaller but still very necessary projects within the British Virgin Islands marine sector. 

 Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD)

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease affects up to 20 of the Stony Corals that are found within BVI waters. These hard corals are the main makeup of the BVI reef systems. Unlike many other coral diseases, SCTLD, is known to be fast spreading and can lead to widespread coral death at some sites in just a few months.

An antibiotic paste has been proven to be up to 95% effective at stopping the disease which is spread on the infected corals and then the corals monitored over the following couple of weeks.

Beyond The Reef has played a crucial role over the past 10 months in assisting the government in the monitoring and implemantation of this paste in hopes to halt the spread of the disease before it gets even worese. 

Kids And The Sea (KATS) dock re-build

During the hurricanes of September 2017, the KATS dock which was part of the HLSCC College in Paraquita Bay, Tortola was badly damaged and unable to be used. The KATS program encourages local kids to get involved with the sea including sailing, snorkeling and kayaking during summer months so plays a vital part in the community.

Beyond the Reef funded the cleanup of damaged vessels and debris in the surrounding area, plus re- built the dock structure in July so that the KATS programs could once again run.

Shark Tagging and Tracking

Beyond The Reef, in partnership with the US nonprofit "Fins Attached" has purchased the tags and recievers to begin a first ever shark tagging program within BVI waters.  The ‘ping’ from the tagged sharks is picked up if the shark comes withing a certain distance of three underwater receivers which have been placed in strategic positions around the BVI. This research will greatly help our understanding of shark migration within BVI waters as well as how far the sharks originating from the BVI travel internationally. 

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease- antibiotic paste
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease- antibiotic paste
Shark tag
Shark tag
Shark tagging underwater
Shark tagging underwater
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Nurse Shark
Nurse Shark

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Beyond The Reef has just completed their 1-year survey of the "Willy T Wreck" and were blown away by the growth that has taken place in 1 year.  Not only is the ship loaded with benthic growth such as sponges, algaes and corals forming, it has becomes the home to quite literally thousands of fish.  The bottom floor of the ship has become home to thousands of small blue spats, while above the ship we documented barracuda, sharks and an array of Caribbean reef fish.  It seems there are a few "resident" sharks living aboard the ship who have now been documented and reported from others multiple times.  A reef shark that likes to sit underneath the captains table and a nurse shark that nestles itself in the sand at the bottom of the ship.

 

Beyond The Reef has also just purchased additional shark tags and recievers to continue shark research and monitoring in the BVI on a larger scale for the first time ever.  The BVI is a shark sanctuary yet there is very limited research to go along with the policies put in place for sharks.  Our goal is to place the receivers around Anegada where we suspect a breeding ground to be taking place.  Our question is whether those sharks remain local to the BVI or if this breeding ground feeds out to the greater Caribbeans shark population.  

 

Lastly, Beyond The Reef is hoping to begin fascilitating beach clean ups with local children in the outer islands.  Not only will this help to clean up the outer islands, but the boat ride, the exploration of lesser known islands, the marine education and the community impact taught on their weekend outings will hopefully spark a lifelong interest in environmental stewardship within the children. 

Thank you again for your support of Beyond The Reef and we will keep everyone updated on our progress! 

Nurse Shark
Nurse Shark
Gypsy lady coral
Gypsy lady coral
Gypsy lady coral
Gypsy lady coral
Growth
Growth
Growth
Growth
Captain
Captain
Captain
Captain
Sprats
Sprats
Sprats
Sprats
Anegada sharks
Anegada sharks
Anegada sharks
Anegada sharks
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Beyond The Reef

Location: Road Town - British Virgin Islands
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