As coral reefs are degrading, its ecosystems services are diminishing, threatening the marine life that depends on them and the human populations living along the tropical coasts. To reverse coral reef loss several strategies have been developed by scientists, conservation practitioners and managers, including the conservation of original habitats and establishment of marine protected areas, decisions to reduce local environmental threats and other tensors and, reef restoration and rehabilitation projects. While restoration is the process of bringing the ecosystem to its original condition, rehabilitation aims to recover structural or functional characteristics. Therefore, the RRN aims to rehabilitate coral reefs by restoring coral populations.
Reef Rescue Diver Instructors
The Reef Rescue Network (RRN) was established in 2017 by the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) as a network of non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses committed to improving the condition of coral reefs by restoring populations of corals and other species that will build coral reef resilience. These actions will result in meaningful coral restoration across large spatial scales to make substantial improvements to coral reef health and contribute to our knowledge of coral biology, ecology, reef ecosystem function and how we can improve their condition.
To participate, you must be a certified open water diver and at least 12 years old. View our interactive map to see you you can take the PADI Reef Rescue Diver Specialty Course, as well as other Coral Nursery Experiences.
Visitors and locals can now immerse themselves in coral restoration activities at a partner location within the Reef Rescue Network. The network has coral nurseries that offer coral restoration experiences throughout The Bahamas, Aruba & St. Lucia. PIMS has developed a PADI Reef Rescue Diver Specialty Course that dive shops throughout the Reef Rescue Network are teaching. To participate, you must be a certified open water diver and at least 12 years old. The course takes one day and consists of knowledge development and two open water dives at a coral nursery.
Choose from our many partners offering this specialty via our Reef Rescue Diver Interactive Map and contact them direct to book your course. This specialty intends to familiarize divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organization, procedures, and techniques involved with coral nursery diving. PADI Reef Rescue Instructors educate divers about coral nurseries, including essential facts about coral reefs, threats facing corals, coral nurseries function and how to maintain coral nurseries. Our interactive map will show you where you can take the PADI Reef Rescue Diver Specialty Course, as well as other Coral Nursery Experiences. Please note, private coral nurseries are shown however these are solely for research and conservation and not accessible to the public.
We create and manage coral restoration practices within organizations and businesses throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help organizations and businesses see how coral restoration benefits the educational, recreational, economic and scientific agendas of the entire region.
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