Our Reefs: Caribbean Connections, an exhibition that highlights the many perils faced by Caribbean coral reefs is currently on view in Cayman. The exhibit is sponsored by the Department of the Environment as a means of drawing attention to the challenges facing the Caymans’ “precious and fragile natural resource,” the coral reefs, and how they struggle to survive. The department hopes that the exhibit will act as a catalyst for community discussion and action related to Cayman’s coral reefs. The exhibit will be at the George Town Public Library until March 12, 2010. Viewing is 10am-5pm from Monday through Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday.
Originally developed by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, presented at the 2008 International Coral Reef Symposium, and later revised by Florida State University, the exhibition shows common environmental challenges as well as attempts in the Caribbean to conserve, sustainably utilize, or restore reefs and related eco-systems.
As a spokesperson for the Department of the Environment explained, “Just as we differ as peoples, cultures, societies, and economies, our coral reefs also differ as to types, habitats and health. Yet all are entwined and related by the ocean currents, upon which ride the offspring of reef organisms that might enhance the future growth and continuity of our coral reefs—along with the pathogens, pollutants, invasive organisms and trash that we humans add, which imperil their survival.”
The Our Reefs: Caribbean Connections exhibit was brought with the assistance of Tropical Shipping and it has been traveling throughout the region promoting awareness, understanding, and stewardship of coral reefs among all peoples of the wider Caribbean.
For additional information you may contact the Department of Environment at firstname.lastname@example.org
For full article, see http://www.caymannewsservice.com/science-and-nature/2010/02/17/reef-exhibt-comes-cayman