|One happy group of volunteers! (photo: W Merten)|
The next field days are on for Friday (9/2) and Saturday (9/3). Friday's objective is to remove previously marked small to medium size debris and to survey and ID corals on another large piece of the boat hull. Saturday's objective will be to transplant the previously identified corals on the large pieces of boat hull to nearby suitable substrate. If you are interested in helping out please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the figures and photos below from Saturday's mission.
|The figure above displays the survey tracks conducted by volunteers this past Saturday. The inset, or focus area, is where most of the survey's were conducted due to the increased amount of shipwreck debris (Fig. W Merten).|
|The figure above displays the location of the debris the volunteers found during their surveys. Within the hull grid is a schematic of the shape of the large boat hull. See the figure below for a more detailed view (Fig. W Merten).|
A total of 100 lbs of debris was removed from Cayo Ron as a result of Saturday's outing. However, we positioned probably around 300 lbs to be removed this Friday at a drop site in a sediment area in the backreef. Along with that debris, I estimate that this Friday we will remove around 500-700 lbs of debris! Bring your working muscles! Take a look at one of the monster boat hulls we are going to need to cut up to remove below.
|Information prepared by Hector Ruiz|
The quantitative estimate of the boat hull was derived from in situ (in the water/field) measurements and through calculations in ArcGIS and Photoshop. A special thanks to James Sethward, Kathy Hall, and Carol Ramos for helping establishing the grid and with the process of taking measurements. Additionally, I would like to thank Hector Ruiz and Tim Rowell for their work identifiying the corals that will be transplanted.
Our next outing is this Friday! Contact me by email if you are interested in helping out.