Find out how a coral conservation project works!
Coral reefs are one of the largest and most complex ecosystems on the planet. Scientists estimate that more than one million animal and plant species are associated with it and that they host more than 25% of the species of all marine life. This biodiversity has ecological, economic and tourist importance.
Not satisfied with that, they protect our shores against waves, storms, floods and beach erosion. Without this protective role, some islands or beaches would no longer exist.
Unfortunately, pollution, overfishing and global warming threaten the reefs of the world every day, and therefore our beaches and resources.
It is for this reason that Turtle Dive Center, with the support of Fundemar, USAID and Reddom, has created the association Corales Las Terrenas: the realization of a coral nursery at Las Ballenas Islands. The project itself is quite simple: to immerse durable metal structures on which to fix coral fragments to help them grow fast and healthy.
In total, 10 structures in the shape of marine animals that hold about 480 coral frgaments, were implanted between August 2017 and November 2017. The goal is to rehabilitate at least 1km of the coral barrier within 2 years.
In order to make this possible, regular maintenance of structures is mandatory. Thus, once a week, our team of volunteers spend about 2 hours underwater to remove the algae on the structures to prevent them from suffocating the corals.
Come and discover our coral nursery and join our team of volunteers! We need your help!
"Hummingbird, you're crazy, it's not with these drops of water that you'll put out the fire!"
And the hummingbird replied, "I know it, but I'm doing my part."
Coming to Eco Dive output you more that diving!
Our instructors will tell you all the secrets of the Dominican coral ecosystem.
The day before your output plunged, get ready an hour in class to enjoy á 100%. Then you'd be able to recognize and identify key people of our sites. You finally become familiar with fish, corals, sponges, crustaceans, molluscs, and many other amazing creatures.
The "Pez Leon", lion fish is a species native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean. It has been accidentally introduced into the Caribbean very recently. It is considered harmful and pervasive because it has no local predators. A concrete way to participate á reef protection is to limit its proliferation. That is why during plunged, you will participate á destruction of Lions met Pisces.
Instead, parrot fish are native. Á It is that they have their place in the ecosystem and participate á natural balance. The reduction of their populations, á result of overfishing and pollution puts in danger all aquatic life. Come see why the lion and eat fish, they are delicious!......
This eco-dive includes:
-Introduction to the ecological impact of lionfish
-Lionfish fishing technical training
-Two dives on two different sites
-Fishing lion fish
Bonus: Leave with your prey to eat at home!
* Price per person. All equipment included.