Restoring Aruba's Coral Reefs

$5,715 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 16 months
We are the ScubbleBubbles...a youth SCUBA club in Aruba. Our school offers an 'extra' class where we get to propose and choose courses and projects that speak to our passions. For us, and one of our teachers, it was the ocean.  Last year, ten of us earned our PADI Open Water Diver Certification, and 8 of us went on to earn our Advanced Certification.

This year our goal is much bigger and much less about ourselves. In just one year we have seen a decline in the health of our coral reefs. Not only does the coral look less healthy, but we have less fish living there.  Our teacher shared with us the movie Chasing Coral and we knew what our goal for the year would be : We need to save our coral reefs!

So far this campaign has helped us become Coral Restoration Specialists and got us the training we need to save the coral reefs of Aruba!!

We are now building our coral nursery!! A local tour company is providing us a location and some building materials.
We still need special tools and equipment to properly harvest and our plant the coral. Also, it is expensive to have to rent scuba gear. We would like to raise enough money through GoFundMe to work with a local dive shop to buy 10 sets of gear. This would make scuba diving more affordable for more students to join us in caring for the coral!

Every dollar helps!

Thank you and you can follow our adventures on Instagram and Facebook
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THANK YOU!!! Thanks to the generous donations we have made a lot of progress!!
So far:
-Eight students have been certified as coral restoration specialists. Four are now training other young people on coral taxonomy, coral health and threats, and coral restoration practices we employ.
-We have dedicated BCDs for volunteer divers to use while helping with restoration and conservation projects.
-We also now have dedicated regulator setups for them to use. This means it costs nothing to join us on a dive!! Such an exciting move forward towards getting more local students involved.

We are all excited about what is to come and so appreciative of the support that so many in the community have shown.

Thank you and keep up to date with our progress on Facebook and Instagram!
So excited about that new regulator!
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As we have breakfast on day two of training, it’s hard not to be excited!
Thank you to our supporters- emotional, physical, and financial. We would not be here without you!

We learned so much yesterday and we are ready to start our nursery in Aruba. Today we will learn more about the process of transplanting the coral to the restoration site. Which makes us wonder, which reef area in aruba should we try to restore first?

It needs to be fairly shallow, protected from too much traffic (human and boat). Do you have a favorite reef that you would suggest?
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We travel in 18 days!! Through the donations we received we have been able to fully pay for the training course and the marine park fee for each of the students traveling!

We are so excited and so grateful to everyone who has shown us support! We look forward to posting updates from Bonaire!

And we cannot wait to finally have our very own coral nursery here in Aruba!!!
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Today we went diving. We surveyed coral and counted fish. It might seem kind of silly, but knowing the current health of our reefs will aid in monitoring their status to see if protections and restoration efforts are effective.

This is the first step to developing a coral restoration program and building our own coral nursery. Thank you for your support in our efforts!!
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Raised by 26 people in 16 months
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