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Turks and Caicos Islands

Providenciales Island

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Conservation benefit: Equipment for installation of dive boat moorings to protect coral reef

Date Approved: 01.2013

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

The Turks & Caicos Islands consist of the larger Caicos Islands and smaller Turks Islands, two groups of tropical islands in the West Indies. They are known primarily for tourism. The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund works to help preserve and protect the marine environment of the “Beautiful by Nature” Turks and Caicos Islands. The unique environment draws so many visitors to these islands that is critical to the survival of the islands themselves.

More and more dive boats are visiting the waters off the islands. As a result, there is a critical need to replace missing or inadequate moorings, such as those anchored by chains wrapped around coral heads. Seacology is funding the replacement of inadequate moorings, and the installation of new ones, at various sites around the island.

Project Updates

February 2014

A final report for this project was received in January 2014. The greater goal of the project, to replace all moorings that used chains wrapped around coral heads, was accomplished. The number of boat moorings around popular sites in Provo, Pine Cay and West Caicos was increased by 10 sites.

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Full or partial funding for this project provided by Seacology Japan.

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