Aquatic Life Divers is excited to fill you in on what we have been up to! When we started our business last November, our intention was to focus on the coral reefs here on the Big Island of Hawaii. We want to be able to include all who are interested and as passionate about this endeavor as we are by offering scuba diving charters that include scientific diving protocols like reef surveys, water collection, aerial surveys and possibly in the long-term, replanting coral. Our goal is to learn as much as we can about this process and educate others on the well being and health of our ocean ecosystems. We want to make a difference and we want your help!
In our quest for information we have met some amazing collaborators who are just as eager as we are to restore our coral ecosystems in Hawaii. In January we flew to Oahu and met with Mark Hixon, one of the leading coral biologists in the nation and gained some valuable information to further our mission. He introduced us to Bill Walsh at the local DAR office. Heather met with Bill and the amazing staff there about biology of our coral reefs in Hawaii. In that meeting she was referred to a non-profit organization called the Legacy Reef Foundation. Since that time, Aquatic Life Divers and the Legacy Reef Foundation have teamed-up to initiate the data collection needed to adapt and scale best practices to support present coral ecosystems.
Bill Coney and Susanne Oterro of The Legacy Reef Foundation recently received the permit to start a coral lab in NELHA. They broke ground 30 days ago. We are very excited to be part of the team that will be caring for this coral nursery. Their mission is to work with local communities to plan, develop and support coral reef restoration projects throughout the Pacific…. Impressive right?!? What an amazing group of people that we are blessed to be collaborating with. Learn more about them here: https://legacyreeffoundation.org/