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DIVE BEQUIA LTD: Reef Restoration of Devils Table

Dive Bequia is family owned and operated dive shop located in Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Headed by Cathy Stowe, Dive Bequia is currently implementing the “Reef Restoration of Devils Table” project. Dive Bequia plans to restore local coral reefs using Elkhorn corals and other species grown in offshore nurseries that will be established under the project. Corals play a critical role in our marine environment and provide a habitat for reef fish as well as protect the coast from oceanic waves. Elkhorn coral, in particular, is a critically endangered shallow water coral that forms fringing reefs and holds great value to our coastal ecosystems.

The ultimate goal is to rebuild some of the shallow-water coral reefs that were once present around the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines so that they can support a larger reef fish population and stimulate a new level of ownership regarding the future of the local marine environment. Dive Bequia Ltd. nurseries will be used to replenish the coral reefs in the Devil's Table area and other vulnerable areas around Bequia.

Grant funding: XCD $74,693.25

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