Introducing… CURious2Dive

Introducing… CURious2Dive

As said before, we couldn’t organize the SECORE workshops without the help of our valued funders and partners. Last but not least, we would like to introduce CURious2Dive to you. CURious2Dive is the only WOSD, IAHD, PADI and SDI dive center on the island. Their credo is: ‘If you’re able to breathe, you’re able to dive’, and they’re … Continue reading

Introducing… Atlantis Diving

Introducing… Atlantis Diving

As said before, we couldn’t organize the SECORE workshops without the help of our valued funders and partners. Today, we would like to introduce Atlantis Diving to you. Atlantis Diving opened in 1989 and is one of the oldest PADI dive centers of the island. They offer all PADI dive courses, as well as re-breather courses and DPV dives. … Continue reading

Coral spawning and research news from Florida!

Coral spawning and research news from Florida!

SECORE workshop program helps to spread coral conservation The SECORE workshop program aims to train participants in a way they can set up similar initiatives elsewhere. Ryan Czaja, Ramon Villaverde, and Allan Marshall – all participants of former SECORE workshops – have done so in Florida. Ryan has sent us some notes and pictures of … Continue reading

August 3 – Visit CARMABI research center, Brooder collection dive and first spawning night dives

August 3 – Visit CARMABI research center, Brooder collection dive and first spawning night dives

Visit to the CARMABI Research center In the morning, we visited the CARMABI Foundation. As you might know, CARMABI is the abbreviation of Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity. Paul Stokkermans, general director of CARMABI, gave us a very nice welcome and introduced us to the diverse work the foundation does. At present the foundation runs a Natural … Continue reading

August 1 – Lecture morning!

August 1 – Lecture morning!

Yesterday evening, all participants of the workshop had arrived and we enjoyed a nice icebreaker barbecue at the SECORE mansion. This morning is devoted to sharing knowledge by lectures. After a word of welcome, Mike Brittsan introduced the SECORE Foundation, the funders and parters if this workshop. He explained the participants about the Acropora restoration project … Continue reading

July 30 – More preparations

July 30 – More preparations

The day started early with running quite a few errands to get everyone together for a short meeting with the SECORE crew. We went through the workshop, diving and lab work schedule with Valerie and defined what still needed to be done in preparation. Bob demonstrated the new spawning nets, which are based on the … Continue reading

July 29 – Arrival & first prepararions

July 29 – Arrival & first prepararions

Yesterday (July 29), the first members of the SECORE team arrived on Curacao. Unlike other years, all the luggage arrived at the same time, so we’re very happy! After arranging the cars and settling in the apartment, Valerie Chamberland (Phd student at CARMABI and the University of Amsterdam) joined for a nice local dinner at … Continue reading