A cause close to our hearts
At Silver Shark we have been volunteering a lot of our time for a cause that is very important to us: the Reef Renewal Foundation on Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Alex is a volunteer diver at the foundation, restoring and out-planting coral.
Coral reefs are declining
Coral reefs are one of the most important eco-systems in the world. They are home to 25% of marine species like turtles, parrot fish and sharks. Unfortunately this vast underwater world is facing destruction and possible extinction.
Mass coral bleaching events
are taking place due to the warming of the ocean and pollution.
In the Caribbean alone, 60% of the living coral cover has disappeared in the last 30 years.
what does reef renewal bonaire do?
The Reef Renewal Foundation on Bonaire is literally rebuilding these reefs. To explain it in a simple way, it's basically coral gardening.
The divers collect what's called opportunity coral: pieces that have broken off but are still in good health. Or the diver can also cut a small piece of a coral that is at risk and will most likely die.
These 'baby' corals will then be attached to a nursery tree where they grow under perfect conditions. With the goal to replant them so they can form a new reef.
How to save the reef! Watch this video
Building Coral Trees together
15% of the profit of the Turtle Yoga Board and 5% of the sales price of each Silver Shark Hammock goes directly to the Reef Renewal Foundation, Bonaire.
How? With the money raised Silver Shark is adopting Coral Nursery Trees. This means by purchasing a Flamingo Board or Shark Clasp Bracelet, you help build an actual coral tree where baby corals grow to become new reefs!