The Reef-World Foundation passionately encourages individuals worldwide to participate in safeguarding our precious reefs!
Coral reefs are intricate ecosystems with profound ecological, economic, and cultural importance. The urgency to protect them is a shared responsibility, as the loss of reefs reverberates globally, affecting biodiversity, economies, and the well-being of communities. Saving the reefs is not just an environmental imperative; it’s a collective commitment to the future of our planet and all those who call it home.
Every second breath we take comes from the ocean.
Today, The Reef-World Foundation — at the forefront of advocating for sustainable marine tourism and the international coordinator of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative, launches their first-ever end-of-year campaign: Save Our Reefs! This campaign aims to urge immediate action to safeguard these endangered habitats. Preserving reefs is critical for sustaining life, and their decline impacts us all. Saving the reefs has everything to do with all of us!
Coral Reefs on Borrowed Time
Picture a world without the kaleidoscope of coral reefs — it’s a reality we face within our lifetime. The clock is ticking, and coral reefs could vanish sooner than we realise. The repercussions extend beyond marine life, affecting the health and well-being of people and the planet.
Battlefront Against Threats
Coral reefs confront severe threats from human activities, the ravages of climate change, coral diseases, outbreaks of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish and invasive species. Without these vibrant ecosystems, the ocean loses over 25% of its marine life diversity, impacting the very air we breathe.
Reef-World’s Urgent Mission
The Reef-World projects started back in 1999, and for the past 19 years, Reef-World has been on a mission to galvanise collective, urgent and willful action within the marine tourism industry. The goal is to protect coral reefs and, by extension, the health and well-being of the global community.
“I’m excited to launch our first-ever Save Our Reefs campaign! It’s a call to action for everyone to join us to protect these vital ecosystems. Your donation directly supports our work with communities, governments and NGOs, ensuring the health and resilience of coral reefs for generations to come,” said Chloe Harvey, the Executive Director at The Reef-World Foundation.
Local Champions for Global Impact
Reef-World believes in the power of local champions within coral reef communities. By listening to and empowering these champions, the foundation aims to develop accessible tools and resources, fostering resilience and health in coral reefs.
The Power of Your Donation
Contributions to Reef-World directly support its efforts to engage with local communities, governments and NGOs. A £30 donation covers an hour’s local training, providing crucial knowledge to up to 20 individuals, thereby preventing local direct damage to coral reefs. Every penny donated goes towards tangible, impactful changes.
The End-of-Year Campaign: Save Our Reefs runs from 21 November until 31 December 2023. Act now—your donation can help save the reefs globally!
To donate, head over to the campaign page here, or alternatively scan the barcode below:
Join Reef-World in the race against time. Together, let us forge a future where coral reefs thrive, sustaining life and safeguarding the health of our precious planet.
For more information about Reef-World, visit www.reef-world.org
Save the Manatee Club launches brand new webcams at Silver Springs State Park, Florida
Save the Manatee® Club has launched a brand-new set of underwater and above-water webcams at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, FL. These new cameras add to our existing cameras at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, Florida, and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, in Homosassa, Florida, which are viewed by millions of people worldwide. The cameras are a collaboration between Save the Manatee Club, Explore.org, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, who made the new live streaming collaboration possible via support of their interpretative program.
The above-water camera is a stationary pan/tilt/zoom camera that will show manatees and other wildlife from above water, while the new underwater camera provides the viewer with a brand new, exciting 180-degree viewing experience. Viewers can move the cameras around, trying to spot various fish and manatees.
The Silver River, which originates at Silver Springs, provides important habitat for manatees and many other species of wildlife. Over recent years, more manatees have been seen utilizing the Silver and Ocklawaha rivers. “The webcams provide a wonderful entertainment and educational tool to the general public, but they also help us with the manatee research,” says Patrick Rose, Executive Director of Save the Manatee Club. “We have learned so much through observing manatees on our existing webcams, and the new cameras at Silver Spring can add to the existing manatee photo-ID research conducted in this area, as well as highlighting Silver Springs and the Silver River as an important natural habitat for manatees.”
The webcams are streaming live during the daytime, with highlights playing at night, and can be viewed on Explore.org and on Save the Manatee Club’s website at ManaTV.org.
Save the Manatee Club, established in 1981 by the late renowned singer-songwriter, author, and entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett, along with former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, is dedicated to safeguarding manatees and preserving their aquatic habitat. For more information about manatees and the Club’s efforts, visit savethemanatee.org or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
Stranded dolphin rescued from muddy inlet
At around 11:40 on Friday 16 February, a lone common dolphin was reported to British Divers Marine Life Rescue circling in the shallows in an inlet at Place, near Portscatho, in Cornwall. A couple of volunteer Marine Mammal Medics were sent down initially to monitor the animal in hope it would be able to get away by itself, and further assess the situation.
After an hour and a half or so of observation, the risk of stranding increased significantly as the tide went out as the inlet is very shallow, muddy and almost completely dries out over low tide. Therefore, a larger response team was dispatched with more equipment in preparation for a stranding. Indeed, the animal did soon strand in the mud and fell onto its side, submerging the blowhole. Luckily the team were on hand to help get it upright again quickly, then bring it ashore for a health assessment and to begin providing first aid. No obvious injuries could be found and it measured 2.03m, later confirmed as female.
The team were soon joined by two vets, who were able to confirm the animal to be in moderate nutritional condition and appeared otherwise okay following a more detailed health check, and so was suitable for the team to attempt to refloat. However, it was not possible to refloat it safely in the inlet due to the nature of the geography, substrate and tide there it seemed the most likely reason this dolphin had stranded was due to getting disoriented in this location, and would struggle to get out again. Luckily a local resident had his boat tender moored nearby and was happy to use it a transport craft to take the dolphin out to deeper water.
With help, the boat was slid across the mud and launched near the mouth of the inlet. A surfboard was placed on one side with a soft mat on top for the dolphin to lie comfortably on during the journey. When ready, the dolphin was carried across in a tarpaulin, transferred to a mesh stretcher and loaded on board with a team of four Medics including a vet.
The boat then carefully made its way out to the mouth of the Percuil River, facing into Carrick Roads and close to open sea, which was the most ideal site for release where the chance of returning and re-stranding was lower. The dolphin was carefully hauled overboard in the stretcher and held alongside briefly, though as she started kicking strongly almost straight away it was hard to keep hold and so she was released quickly. The boat retreated and the team observed her circling in the middle of the channel until she was lost from sight. The team returned to the inlet before darkness fell.
The area will be monitored over the weekend for re-sightings or re-strandings, but it is hoped that she will recover successfully and continue back out to sea. In the meantime BDMLR would like to thank the volunteer team, local residents and members of the public for all their efforts and support throughout this incident.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue is an international marine animal rescue organisation based in the UK and is a registered charity. The aims of the organisation are to provide a rescue service for marine wildlife, to support existing rehabilitation centres and to develop new methods of rescue, treatment, transport and care. Website www.bdmlr.org.uk.
Photos: Dan Jarvis
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