Thursday, August 25, 2011

Saturday, August 27th, Field Day Outline

Cayo Ron located 8 km off of Cabo Rojo and 13 km from Boqueron Bay (~250 acres)

Our goal for Saturday is to survey the reef like the image below.  This entails dragging, pulling, or swimming a GPS around with volunteers while looking for debris.  If and when we find debris we will mark it with a waypoint, log the type of debris, size, etc., then remove it.  However, on Saturday we will be removing only the small debris such as clothing, fishing line, rope, etc. that is smothering the reef.  Other large objects, so long as they have not become encrusted or overgrown with corals, will be lifted with lift bags and swam to an accessible sand area and left to be removed on the 3rd field day to Cayo Ron (to be announced) along with the large boat hull.  Most of the survey work we will be doing will be confined to depths less than 15-20' deep.   

Survey of Reserva Marina Tres Palmas and adjacent areas (500 acres).

Timeline of events

715-730 am      Participants arrive at Monaquatics (click the link for directions/location)

730-745 am     Day Briefing
800 am             Leave the dock

 830 am           Arrive to Cayo Ron

830-900 am     Break into teams

900-1100 am   Dive 1

11-1230 pm     Lunch

1-230 pm        Dive 2

 300 pm           Leave for home

 330 pm           Arrive at dock

Things to bring

Snorkeling or Dive gear
Rashguard or wetsuit
$10 bucks for a tank if you have dive gear
water camera

Please be on time! 

Contact Wessley Merten at 787-436-8300 or for more information on helping out in this coral reef restoration and marine debris removal effort.

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