This month’s update features news from around the globe:
Reef Check Madagascar (RCM) will soon celebrate IYOR 2008. In an effort to
promote reef conservation through music among local students, RCM will translate
the Year of the Reef Song into Malagasy. In addition, they will hold workshops
in the localities of Imorona, Voloina, Maroantsetra, and Anjahana during May and
June. Further, a coral reef monitoring training will be held, and 16 agents of
the local Marine Protected Area will be certified. Another teaching session on
the biology of coral reefs and their ecological importance is scheduled for tour
Central Sulawesi is holding the Togean Festival from July
th. The festival will celebrate reefs and IYOR 2008
with film and photo contests, and other fun activities.
Italy is also leading the way with IYOR activities, and Reef Check
coordinators there are working hard to promote the Declaration of Reef Rights
locally and across the European Union.
We are also busy promoting IYOR here at headquarters. Reef Check has been
participating in Earth Day events to spread the word about IYOR in California,
including Diver Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Earth Day on
the Promenade in Santa Monica, and the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. Another
awesome event was the Green Living Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on
April 12-13. Reef Check shared booth space with Florida-based
Earth Rehab, and collected
hundreds of signatures for the Declaration.
On the fine art side, artist
Troy Hotard finalized his IYOR painting titled “Bringing the
Light.” He now plans to visit several locations around the world to promote reef
conservation through his art. Another artist,
Ana Bikic, held an Earth Day event celebrating IYOR 2008 that
included signing of the Declaration and hands-on activities for kids.
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