Two tires rest together as part of a "tire garden" where up to 20 tires are visible at a time.
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The Tres Palmas Marine Reserve (RM3P) Debris Survey for Elk-horn Coral Restoration is a project that aims to alleviate some human pressures on
There are three distinct phases to the project.
- a large-scale survey to census, document, and remove tires, clothing and other marine debris in the RM3P. Census and removal work are to include extensive manta tows and snorkel surveys
- establish or resurvey “clean zones” to examine debris accumulation rates and recovery at sites where debris was removed
- Perform education and outreach work for the schools and various groups and administrations of the community
The need for the project came from the observations of “tire gardens”, areas of high accumulation of tires readily visible to snorkelers in front of
The initial survey and clean up is planned to take place from mid-late June until mid-late August. The monitoring and resurveys will be designed and take place following the initial survey. Education and outreach will be developed and provided as the project proceeds. Volunteer opportunities will be available in all three stages of the project. For volunteer inquiries, or further information or questions, feel free to email me at the link provided via this blog.