Tres Palmas Citizen Science Project
This summer 2016, Isla Mar participated in a citizen science project sponsored by Amigos de Tres Palmas - a non-profit organization created by Sea Grant Puerto Rico to assist with education and outreach of the near-shore marine reserve in Rincon.
We helped plan and coordinate the scientific diving aspect. We gathered volunteer science divers from different organizations in the west coast, including students from the University of Puerto Rico. We spent one weekend diving to assess the fish and coral communities in the reserve, secure information about the status of the mooring buoys marking the reserve boundaries, and identifying all marine debris. It was a very successful project, for which our colleagues HJR Reefscaping and Amigos de Tres Palmas has received additional funding to conduct more surveys. We are happy to be involved!
The final event for this promotion and awareness of Tres Palmas included a festival celebrating the reserve's 12 years in operation. We set up a small booth to introduce Isla Mar and showcase our app, Artedi.
We will continue to participate in activities like these - especially since our goal is to spread awareness of marine issues. Tres Palmas is our home reef and literally almost located in our backyard. This is where we take all of our field course students. We have a significant interest in helping this reserve achieve its goal, so we'll be involved with future projects for sure.