CORAL Microgrants in Fiscal Year 2006 - 2007
$541 to Maui (Hawaii) for a marine/cultural educational training series and C.O.R.A.L. Cards (Care of our Oceans Reef and Animal Life) to be distributed to participants to acknowledge their achievement and motivate others to participate in the future.
$1,200 to Taveuni’s Coral Reefs: Our Future (Fiji) for an education and awareness project involving high schools and local community in coral reef awareness. Funding provided for student transportation, educational materials, and awards to winning art and writing projects.
$1,215 to Molokini (Hawaii) for the production of educational materials for snorkel tour vessels to minimize tourist damage to reefs, including educational charts, underwater ID cards, five-book library, laminated posters, inner tube float, and exit survey. The materials will be pilot tested on MV Prince Kuhio and then expand to other operators.
$1,500 to Taveuni’s Coral Reefs: Our Future (Fiji) for educational signage and coastal rubbish bins, and to change unsustainable community behavior.
$1,500 to Maui (Hawaii) for the production of educational bag tags for snorkel equipment rentals to raise awareness among unguided tourists to reduce damage to reefs. This directly overlaps and supports State of Hawaii Local Action Strategy objectives.
$4,000 to Komodo National Park (Indonesia) for completion funds to install new mooring systems that can accommodate larger vessels visiting dive sites. In addition, existing moorings systems were serviced.
$5,000 to the Maui Reef Fund (Hawaii) for the purchase of a dedicated mooring installation drill.
$5,300 to Raja Ampat Marine Park (Indonesia) for production of first user fee dive tags.
$7,500 to San Pedro (Belize) to provide seed funds for Kids in Action coral reef education program that provide K–8 students with early education on the value of healthy coral reefs and importance of marine protected areas and $10,000 for mooring buoy installation and maintenance program for popular local dive destinations.
$10,000 to Raja Ampat (Indonesia) for initial installations of mooring buoys at popular dive destinations within the newly-created five-million hectare marine protected area.
$12,039 to Namena Marine Reserve and Waitabu Marine Park (Fiji) for mooring buoy installations to eliminate anchor damage to local reef systems. This represented the first-ever mooring installation effort in both marine protected areas.
$15,000 to Playa del Carmen (Mexico) to install new mooring buoys throughout popular dive destinations and maintenance/replacement of existing buoys.
$15,000 to Sandy Bay-West End Marine Park (Roatan, Honduras) for installation of marine park channel markers, moorings for dive boats and visiting yachts, and demarcation buoys for MPA zones—swimming, fishing, no-take, and so on.
$20,000 to Cozumel (Mexico) to fund marine recreation standards training and public awareness campaign on coral reefs and tourism best practices.
$30,000 to Placencia (Belize) to fund dive industry–led mooring installation and maintencance program to eliminate anchor damage to popular dive destinations. Local enthusiasm and commitment to this project has resulted in matching funds from Belize Boat Charter Association.