Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean (March 31, 2015) The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) is proud to announce the launch of the first ‘Adopt a Coral’ program (AAC) on Bonaire. The AAC program is designed to raise awareness about the financial funding needed to raise a full grown coral nursery tree.
Visitors now have the chance to contribute by literally adopting a coral tree with their (company) name on it. All raised funding will directly benefit the Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire and hence the restoration efforts of the coral reefs on the island. The Coral Restoration Foundation has estimated the total costs for producing and maintaining a single coral fragment throughout the entire restoration process around US$50. For a total of US$ 500 people can adopt a coral nursery tree and get the following benefits:
- Certification of appreciation
- Donation thank you letter
- UW Tree tag with donor name on it (for 2 years)
- Digital images of the adopted tree /corals with the rights to use them for marketing purposes
Orca Scuba Center, from Wenatchee (USA) has donated the first US$ 500 to adopt an entire coral tree and thereby giving more than 100 corals the opportunity to grow every year in Bonaire. The Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire hopes that more companies like Orca Scuba Center will follow and contribute to the restoration program.
The CRF Bonaire project started as an idea by Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire and the Coral Restoration Foundation USA to achieve the main and most important objective: preserve and restore the reefs on Bonaire. Today the CRF Bonaire has transplanted almost 4000 corals to five different restoration sites on the island and has reached a total nursery capacity of more than 7000 corals. The CRF Bonaire strongly believes that community involvement is the key to the overall success of the project.
** Orca Scuba Center adopted the first Coral Tree in February 2015**
For more information visit www.crfbonaire.org