Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cleaning the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve in Rincón, Puerto Rico

February 24th, 2009

en español

Offshore work day #8

Today Rich and Jennette Taylor joined the Surfrider Foundation Rincón in a community effort of cleaning the marine reserve and adjacent areas by removing tires, cable, and other 'unnatural' debris from the reef. After a tow-boarding session in the reserve, and finding and removing one tire, we monitored the reef for any debris from Casa China to el Faro and didn't find anything.

Then, we proceeded to investigate an area that we left off on last week before our significant swell event. Last week at this location we found an old 'yola' that we marked with a waypoint and two tires of which we removed. Today we returned to investigate the yola, which was still there, but to much of our suprrise the waves had uncovered about ~20 tires, 12 of which we removed. This area is essentially out in front of the marina where the waves break near the surfspot 'little malibu.'

At this time I would like to thank the volunteers for coming out today to help in this coral reef restoration project. Thank you!

Contact me (Wess Merten) at 401-258-4627 or siestasyolas6@aol.com for more information on helping out in this coral reef restoration and marine debris removal effort.

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