British Virgin Islands – Summer 2019

In tribute to Earth day, the Aquatica Foundation is headed to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to support ocean conservation. The Expedition team will conduct coral reef surveys and Shark Study, assessing the health and well-being of the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean, Horseshoe Reef. As well as the positives effects of BVI’s created Shark Sanctuary.

ABOUT THE BVIs

  • At 63 km long, the Anegada Horseshoe Reef is the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean and the 4th largest in the world
  • Coral Reefs cover less than 1% of the ocean floor, yet they are habitat for nearly 25% of all marine life.
  • All of the islands in the BVI are surrounded by reef.
  • 90% of BVI corals suffered bleaching in 2010 and restoration efforts have been underway for nearly a decade.
  • These reefs were then hit by a Category 5 Hurricane, Irma, in 2017, followed two weeks later by the storm surge of Hurricane Maria.
  • The increasing severity of hurricanes and ocean warming is affecting the long term health of these vital ecosystems.

MISSION OBJECTIVES

  • Our goal is to assess the damaged reefs at various depths, survey reefs and study sharks
  • This survey will provide a baseline understanding of how to best serve the restoration of reef ecosystems.
  • These dives will support our partner Unite BVI Foundation to “create opportunities that inspire and empower a generation of arising world-changers.”
  • Finally dives in support of Fins Attached will support their vision that “Through protecting the oceans apex predators, marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth.”

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