A Film Explores Curaçao’s Effort to Become a Caribbean Haven for Coral

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After months of reporting and planning, a frenetic week of filming in March, and many long nights in the editing suite, 10 Pace University communication students, with guidance from Prof. Maria Luskay and me, have completed “Curaçao’s Coral Challenge – Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea.”

The 25-minute documentary outlines how this Caribbean island nation, tucked a few dozen miles from the South American coast and long a refining hub for Venezuelan oil, is struggling to expand tourism but do so without degrading a prime asset drawing visitors — its coral reefs.

In the film, marine biologists from the 60-year-old Carmabi Research Institute, Secore Foundation and Waitt Institute explain why the island’s geography and other factors have fortuitously preserved remarkably vibrant reefs in some spots despite decades of pollution, cruise ship traffic and coastal construction.

“I think that Curaçao has been really lucky so far,” we were told by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist who did her doctoral research on fishing practices around coral reefs on the island and now runs the Waitt Institute, a conservation group helping Caribbean islands develop “Blue Halo” marine zoning plans designed to allow communities to “use the ocean without using it up.” [. . .]

For full article, see http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/a-film-explores-curaaos-effort-to-become-a-caribbean-haven-for-c

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