Caribbean Expedition

Caribbean Expedition – 2020

The Aquatica Foundation and Fins Attached, along with other passionate ocean advocates, will be conducting an expedition at three sites in the eastern Caribbean in March 2020 – The British Virgin Islands (BVI), Sint Maarten and the Dominican Republic.

The main goals of it will be to survey and assess the health of key coral reef ecosystems, assist in shark research and support the search for new fish species.

Corel Reefs – A Critical Ecosystem

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 Caribbean are surrounded by coral reefs.

90% of Caribbean corals suffered bleaching in 2008.

At 63 km long, the Anegada Horseshoe Reef in the BVI is the 2nd largest barrier reef in the Caribbean and the 4th largest in the world.

The increasing severity of hurricanes and ocean warming is affecting the long-term health of these vital ecosystems.

90% of Caribbean corals suffered bleaching in 2008.

One of the greatest culprits of reef damage is improper anchorage and human damage from aquatic activities.

Expedition Objective

Assess reefs in all three sites at various depths with marine science experts and make recommendations for a restoration and conservation strategy.

Support the work of NGOs and national organizations in marine stewardship and fish research.

These dives will support the work of NGO’s and BVI professionals in the area of marine stewardship.

Finally, in partnership with Fins Attached support shark research and create a community outreach and awareness program for shark awareness

“By protecting the ocean’s apex predators, marine ecosystem balance can be maintained for the benefit of all living things on earth.” Kim Takeuchi – Operations Manager, Unite BVI.