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Steward Scholars Assist with Marine Education and Coral Restoration


Two young Bahamians, Katelyn Cambridge and Stacy Pinder, are interning at the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) as part of the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Programme. (BESS)

Both scholars attended the recent Eco-Schools Coordinators Workshop. In addition, they assisted BREEF by guiding students in nearshore field trips to coral reefs, mangroves and rocky shores during the BREEF Field Trip Block.

Katelyn taught students how to identify and survey fish and discussed how fish populations can help indicate reef health.

Congratulations Katelyn on attaining your PADI Open Water Diver certification!

 

Bes Scholar Stacy is helping to care for the corals in the BREEF coral nursery and assisted partners at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Reef Rescue Network. In the last 50 years Bahamian Reefs have declined by 80%.

Growing and outplanting endangered Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis, is one piece of the puzzle in restoring our reefs to health.  We are proud of Stacy for attaining his PADI Reef Rescue Diver certification.

Carlton Taylor and Croshanda Garvey are also participating in the Bahamas Environmental Steward Scholars Programme. They are currently enrolled at the Cape Eleuthera Island School for the Fall semester and will intern at BREEF in Spring 2019.

 

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Meet Our Blogger - Alannah Vellacott

Alannah Vellacott is a Bahamian marine ecologist and has recently received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology at South Dakota State University. Alannah is currently the Research Assistant at Perry Institute for Marine Science. Learn more about Alannah here: http://www.perryinstitute.org/who-we-are/team/staff/alannah-vellacott/