What does a good decision look like? It’s one where you see results in a timely and meaningful manner. Joining The World Federation for Coral Reef Conservation (WFCRC) to participation is one of those decisions. While worldwide efforts are necessary it is seldom that results are identified in a timely manner, years not life times!
WFCRC is the only nonprofit organization, involved in coral reef decline management, that provides an avenue and an environment in which an individual can make a contribution to an effort that results are realized in real time and can be visualized any time anywhere in the world. It keeps you up today and puts knowledge in your hands via the internet, blogs, alerts and other syndications.
WFCRC’s R.E.E.F.S. (Research Enhancement Engineering for Seascapes) will allow divers and conservationist the access to a geo database that will contain information that has been gathered during a specially designed dive that records coral reef decline data. This geo database will also contain the diver’s personal and diving log that is associated with the data that is gathered. All of the data gather will be via a mobile application especially designed for this program. And will be available for viewing by all members of WFCRC.
That is where WFCRC departs the norm. No longer will diver’s participation end with the dive. Dives become a legend and are recorded for the long term.
WFCRC is requesting your input for a grass roots effort to contact divers and conservationists throughout the world to participate. We are assembling a massive effort to present a truly unique opportunity for divers, etc. to be a team member of a concerned group of people that want to be “really involved” in reef decline management. As a team member you and your effort will be associated with this project into infinity, making your dives legendary.
Our business environmental approach is to have the smallest footprint and make the largest impact. All of our contact with team members will be via email. So our effort will be to create strategic alliances’ with agencies like NOAA, World Resources, The World Bank, Seas, Reef Relief, DAN, dive shops/clubs and anyone involved is providing diving excursions.
Once you have registered with WFCRC and downloaded the mobile application you will be able to access the geo database to enter your information and our observations. This will include your personal and diving profile. With this information being available for all to see, when there is a need for divers with your experience, your name will be available for contact. Or if you just want to stay informed.
This is just one of the ways you are connected to a monitoring site. We have a two tiered approach to offer to divers for their participation in this grass roots effort. We are contacting agencies and individual entities about their research study calendar for activities and studies that our team members might join or be a part of. This educated work force will number in the thousands from intermediate to advanced divers. In the next few years we expect to have contacted over 5,000 divers. Your membership is completely free and there is no cost to you to stay involved.
Once you have decided to make your next dive trip, contact your dive shop or your diving contact and discuss doing a GREEN CARD DIVE. Sit down with them and design a dive that will be recorded and captured in this geo database for future use in deciding what to do about mitigating reef decline.
If your dive shop is not aware of the WFCRC monitoring sites have them to contact us for an up to date list of monitoring sites. We might be able to create new ones with you request.
The first Green Card dive will occur in St. Martin using guidance from local divers and parameters developed with marine biologists. As monitoring begins in St. Martin other surrounding islands will be developed for additional monitoring sits throughout the Caribbean.
This geo database will serve as a dive log for divers. Members will be able to see where the monitoring site that they took pictures of, recorded coral colors, etc., in addition to other information overlaid . They can see if any planned construction is near the site, or even if it’s raining at the site. And they can see all this information on their hand held device, at the site or a thousand miles away. That is where we will use the most current technology in GIS (Geographic Information System) and GPS (Global Positioning System). This is just one way that we are different than any other monitoring efforts. We will share all data gathered, with any interested parties.
So what we are asking is “do ya wanna be really involved in coral reef management? Then complete the volunteer form on the “Be informed” tab as well as the “explanation of your interest”. Your input here will help us to develop the most effective program possible.