By Amy Lee, Trips Program and Communications Manager
If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, it’s not too late to join a REEF Field Survey Trip this August. We have spaces remaining on trips to Brazil and Belize this summer and hope you can join us!
Brazil Field Survey: Aug 4-13, 2018: Discovered in 1503, Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha archipelago is known as a great destination for ecotourism and diving. The islands are located about 200 miles from the mainland and the entire area makes up a protected marine park. Ocean currents from East Africa flow past the islands, creating excellent dive conditions year round, making this a perfect destination for divers who enjoy warm, clear water. Unique underwater structures including rock formations and reefs attract many diverse species of fish and other marine life. Renowned marine life authors and REEF Board of Trustees members Ned and Anna DeLoach will share engaging presentations and photos. When not diving, attendees can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the island, including lush greenery and deserted beaches. Click here for more information on this trip.
Belize – Special Research Itinerary: Aug 18-25, 2018: South Water Caye Marine Reserve in southern Belize, is a unique mangrove/coral reef habitat and home to several endemic species including the Social Wrasse and the Maya Hamlet. The goal of this trip is to study the effects of stressors such as invasive lionfish and habitat loss on this remote area of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system, with a special focus on how these impacts are affecting species that are not found anywhere else in the Caribbean. Participants will work with local partners to conduct fish surveys as well as lionfish research and removals. In addition, other underwater survey methods will be utilized to gather data on this infrequently-studied area to determine how to best protect this unique marine ecosystem. Click here for more information on this trip.
Contact trips@REEF.org for more information or to register for a REEF Trip today!