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Conservation and Sustainable Tourism

Curacao Dive Task Force

The Curaçao Hospitality and Tourism Association's  (CHATA) Dive Task Force is comprised only of Curaçao Tourism Board (CTB) approved dive operators, selected for their strong commitment to quality, safety & sustainable tourism.  Use the locator guide below to ensure when visiting our island you dive with only the best!

Coral Restoration Foundation Curacao

Restoring.  Protecting.  Preserving.

The seeds for the Coral Restoration Foundation Curacao were planted back in 2013 at the DEMA show in Orlando, Florida. It is there that Ocean Encounters Curacao representatives Nolo Ambrosi and Jeremiah Peek met with Ken Nedimyer, Founder and President of the of the Coral Restoration Foundation International.

 

Learning in Bonaire
Things really started to take shape in 2014, when Monica Ambrosi, Jeremiah Peek and Pol Bosch went to Bonaire to meet with Augusto Montburn and Francesca Virdis of the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire. The Ocean Encounters representatives took a course and came back very excited to get a coral restoration project started on Curacao.

 

Official launch on Curacao
The team has been working hard ever since, setting up the foundation, creating a board and obtaining the required permits. In May 2015, Coral Restoration Curacao launched and successfully set up the island’s first Coral Nursery between May 19th and May 24th on the house reef of Ocean Encounters Diving and Lions Dive and Beach Resort.

 

Get in touch
If you are looking to donatebecome a sponsor, a volunteer or if you require more information about the foundation, please feel free tocontact us via info@coralrestorationcuracao.org.

Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao

Sea turtles are long-lived species that reach sexual maturity after 20 – 30 years of age and migrate great distances at different stages of their lives.  These unique life history features necessitate international cooperation and long-term monitoring programs to best understand and safeguard these endangered species.

Once amazingly abundant, Caribbean sea turtles have seen rapid decline since the time of European expansion in the Americas. Scientists estimate that in the 1600’s, over 90 million Green Turtles swam the Caribbean seas. Today the number is estimated at 300,000. Hawksbills have plunged 99.7% from 11 million to 30,000. Both Green Turtles and Hawksbills nest on Curaçao.

 

Today, fishing gear entanglement, illegal harvesting, coastal development, marine pollution and climate change are still putting serious pressure on sea turtle populations, which remain threatened with extinction not only in the Caribbean, but across the globe.

 

To learn more about or get involved with Curaçao sea turtle conservation contact the Ministry of Health, Environment and Nature, CARMABI or Uniek Curaçao.

Blue Halo Curacao / Oura Blou Korsou

USE THE OCEAN WITHOUT USING IT UP.

Empower communities to restore their ocean, and use ocean resources sustainably, profitably, and enjoyably for this and future generations.

GOAL: Create and implement ocean policies that include sustainable fishing practices and comprehensive ocean zoning.

Comprehensive Ocean Zoning - Potential zone categories include fishing, tourism, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, offshore energy, aquaculture, recreation, shipping, boat moorings, etc.

Marine Reserves No-take zones where all species and their habitats are completely protected, so ecosystems can be restored and fisheries can be replenished.

CARMABI - Caribbean Biological Institute

To facilitate ecological research CARMABI, originally short for the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955 and has remained the largest field station in the Southern Caribbean. The field station still sits at its original, picturesque location at the opening of the Piscaderabay and reefs are found right in front of it. The number of visiting scientists has been increasing in recent years which prompted the construction of a new water-side building with lab facilities and dormitories for up to 30 people. Researchers or students that want to study Caribbean coral reefs, terrestrial systems or geology can now use these facilities for their science projects. The institute is currently visited by approx. 250 scientists a year for research purposes and by various universities for courses related to coral reef ecology. Didn’t find what you were hoping to find, shoot us an email with your questions so we can see how we might be able to help.

 

This website overviews some of the possibilities that now exist for conducting fieldwork or teaching classes in Curacao. To explore the possibilities for your fieldwork or classes use the pull-down tabs on little blue crosses on the left.

Secore International - Project Curacao

In 2010, SECORE initiated a research project on coral restoration together with the CARMABI Foundation and the Curacao Sea Aquarium. The aim of the project is to better understand sexual reproduction of endangered coral species, especially of the elkhorn coral, and to apply the gained knowledge for reef restoration.

 

The project outcomes are an important basis for reef conservation in general and for new SECORE project locations elsewhere. Annual field training workshops and outreach programs are essential elements of the project. 

 

SECORE, in collaboration with universities of the Netherlands, Mexico, Guam, Germany and Singapore, carries out an over-regional research approach to develop new techniques for large-scale coral reef restoration using sexual coral reproduction. A corresponding project to Curacao takes place in Mexico in collaboration with the Reef Systems Academic Unit of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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