ECO FRIENDLY RESORT TURN TO CORAL RESTORATION
Written by: Hayley-Jo Carr, Training Coordinator, Reef Rescue Network
Tiamo Resort is in a sheltered cove, surrounded by verdant palm forests fringed with sumptuous white-sand beaches, kissed by the bluest, clearest waters imaginable. The island itself boasts a pristine natural landscape. Much of the interior is covered in unspoiled tropical vegetation and is a habitat for some amazing wildlife, while the east coast is dotted with only a handful of small settlements, friendly and full of local character. Nature is a big part of the attraction of Tiamo, and as such they have made every effort to ensure the resort is a part of nature too. At Tiamo, they have combined luxury living with responsible environmental design. They are committed to creating a luxury Caribbean experience while leaving a minimal footprint. They offer renewable energy sources, recycling services, eco-friendly toiletries, energy efficient lighting, locally sourced food, water conservation methods and other sustainability-focused initiatives. At Tiamo resort, respecting the environment is a guideline and living on the 3rd biggest coral reef in the world it is essential to help the local community to preserve this natural treasure. To help restore endangered corals around Andros Tiamo have joined the Perry Institute for Marine Science Reef Rescue Network and created their own Coral Nursery.
Above: Nigel fixing in the anchors for the coral trees.
Above: Nigel and Morine admiring their hard work.
Above: Nigel populating the coral tree.
Above: Five trees growing 250 fragments!
Reef Rescue Network Coordinator, Hayley-Jo Carr, travelled to Andros to assist PADI Reef Rescue Instructor Nigel Edge & Morine Daguet with setting up the nursery which has been populated with 250 fragments of Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis). Corals grown in the nursery will be outplanted yearly onto the surrounding coral reef to help restore this endangered species and to help promote a natural recovery. Tiamo will be holding yearly events open to recreational divers to assist with the outplanting of these corals under the guidance of The Reef Rescue Network. During your stay at Tiamo Resort you can become certified as a PADI Reef Rescue Diver learning about corals, threats they face and how coral nurseries are one component in helping their survival. The course also trains you on nursery maintenance and how to outplant corals back onto the reef. Tiamo CEO, Wilfried Vincent, an avid diver himself describes the nursery as a “new way to have guests learn about coral reefs in more detail during their stay and to be hands-on in marine conservation, leaving behind a positive impact during their stay with us”.
Visit www.tiamoresorts.com to learn more about this secret place and contact info to inquire about booking a visit to their coral nursery or if you wish to be certified as a PADI Reef Rescue Diver.
Above: CEO Wilfried Vincent, Hayley-Jo Carr, Reef Rescue Network Training Coordinator and Nigel Edge PADI Reef Rescue Instructor.
We are proud to have Tiamo Resort join our Reef Rescue Network and to assist in further enhancing their marine conservation efforts at their eco-friendly resort. Congrats to Morine Daguet on earning her Reef Rescue Diver certification with Nigel during the set-up week.