British Virgin Island – 2019

THE AQUATICA FOUNDATION AND FINS ATTACHED, ALONG WITH OTHER PASSIONATE OCEAN ADVOCATES, are under construction of a BVI EXPEDITION AND DOCUMENTARY.  THE EXPEDITION TEAM is investigating the need for CORAL REEF SURVEYS, SHARKS education, AND ASSESS THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE second LARGEST BARRIER REEF IN THE CARIBBEAN.

ABOUT THE BVIs

  • At 63 km long, the Anegada Horseshoe Reef is the second 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.
  • Many of the islands in the BVI are surrounded by reef.
  • 90% of Caribbean corals suffered bleaching in 2008.
  • One of the greatest culprits of reef damage is improper anchorage and human damage from the boating industry.
  • 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

With permission from the BVI government, our expedition goals will be to:

  • Assess the Horseshoe reef at various depths by bringing marine science experts in coral restoration to survey the general health of the second largest barrier reef and to make recommendations for a restoration strategy.
  • This survey can provide a baseline understanding of where we are today and how to protect the future of the marine area.
  • These dives will support the work of NGO’s and BVI professionals in the area of marine stewardship.
  • Finally, in partnership with the International NGO, Fins Attached, a community outreach and awareness programme will support the vision that “Through protecting the oceans apex predators, marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth.”