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It has been a very busy start to 2012! In early January, marine biologist Lee Munson arrived in Turks and Caicos to study the impact of tourism, specifically snorkeling, on humpback whales. This valuable research is taking place in salt cay thanks in part to Debbie of Salt Cay Divers attendance of the Wider Caribbean Mammal Conference held in Panama late last year. You may keep posted on their findings at .saltcaydivers.blogspot.
On January 23rd, we attended Big Blue Unlimiteds EXPO 2012 held at Opus Wine Bar and Restaurant. We were thrilled to join many in celebrating this company's 12th year of ecotourism as well as honoring their local eco-partners with awards and applause. The Turks and Caicos Islands are so very fortunate to have this company that stands firmly behind their eco philosophy of combining "culture, ecology, education, and adventure" for guests ultimate experience of nature in the Turks and Caicos. Please see the article in the tcfreepress to read more about their upcoming education program with local schools and to read the bios of the ecotourism award winners of the evening.
Big thanks to Big Blue instructor Wes Matweyew for making the above video encouraging everyone in the Turks and Caicos to be mindful of littering and demonstrating how lifting litter can become part of your outdoor or active lifestyle! Thanks for being a Rubbish Runner Wes!
Before and After photos of the tcreef.org restoration project
At the February TCI Environmental Club meeting we listened to guest speaker Jody Rathgeb discuss her new book Fish-Eye-Lens; fiction but based on development and it's environmental and cultural impact on a small island. David Stone also presented news on the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund's first annual cocktail party and fundraiser. Having attended the fundraiser last Saturday night, I am happy to report the evening was a great success. Guests were in large attendance and the auction and raffle were well supported. We look forward to the organisations 2012 efforts to keep TCI reefs protected, healthy, and thriving.
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The next TCIEC event is right around the corner, please some show your support. There will be a much needed clean up and pruning of the Bight Park from 7am to 12noon this Saturday February 25th. Come one, come all, and please bring along some drinking water, garden gloves, trash bags, and gardening tools if you can.