Published On: Wed, Apr 15th, 2015

Hope for the Future of Curaçao’s Coral Reefs

ReefsCuraçao is one of the most culturally vibrant places I’ve been – a melting pot of the Caribbean.Papiamentu, the local dialect, reflects this diversity with its inclusion of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and African languages. 

Underwater, Curaçao is similarly diverse and vibrant, with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Caribbean. But, as my boss Mr. Ted Waitt would say, “It’s not as beautiful as it once was, or as it could be.” The amount of coral has declined by about 50% in the last 20 years, and formerly abundant fish are now scarce.

In late February we launched Blue Halo Curaçao to try to halt and then reverse this trend of marine ecosystem degradation. The Waitt Institute formally partnered with the Government of Curaçao and signed a memorandum of understanding, following unanimous support from the council of ministers and ... (to continue reading this article please click here)

By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson of Waitt Institute in Ocean Views

Photo: A healthy portion of Curaçao’s coral reef. (Credit: Carmabi Marine Research Station)

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