Committed To Conservation
REEF ALLIANCE is an evolving program that promotes sustainable diving practices and environmental education. Our message is primarily delivered to individuals who participate in Sea TREK helmet diving tours around the world. (Sea TREK is a guided underwater walking tour for non-divers and non-swimmers.) Many of these individuals are encountering marine life for their first time; as responsible stewards of the ocean, our mission is to educate, create awareness, and be proactive. We are committed to conservation and hope you will join us in our efforts.
Celebrated annually on the 3rd Saturday in September, Reef Alliance Day is an event that coincides with Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. All over the world thousands of volunteers work together to recover trash and debris from beaches, reefs, lakes, rivers and local waterways. Items such as fishing line, plastic bags, bottle caps and cigarette butts stay out of the water and away from healthy sea life. Signup to cleanup!
Reef Alliance Award Winner 2016
Sea Adventures Sea TREK in St. Lucia has won the 2016 Reef Alliance award. This is the 3rd time that they have been bestowed the award since it’s introduction in 2009. The team retrieved 10 bags of trash (weighing 300lbs) from 3 miles of their local beaches — helping in the goal to achieve trash free seas. Rubber tires and abandoned shoes no longer mar the waters of St. Lucia because of the dedicated efforts of Sea Adventures. We thank you.
Sea Adventures also removed 21 lionfish from the site. Lionfish are an invasive species in the Caribbean. They are voracious eaters and they essentially do not have any predators in the region. They wreak havoc on the indigenous populations. Lionfish hunting is an excellent way to keep their numbers down. Read more about Lionfish hunting and find excellent recipes on www.foodandwine.com.
Enhancing Our Reefs
Tourism businesses, such as SeaTREK, rely on the health of the ocean for the success of its business. One method to maintain healthy reefs and healthy tourism is to take pressure off the natural reef through artificial enhancements. Reef balls, 3D printed modular reefs, and decommissioned, stripped down vehicles are several ways to enhance an underwater area; thus not relying on neighboring natural reef environments for entertainment. These manmade structures can convert a once barren area to a thriving home– providing surfaces for new coral growth and hiding places for fish, while offering an interesting scene for human visitors to observe.
Reef enhancements conserve marine life by taking pressure off of the natural reefs and allowing populations to thrive
Reef enhancement can restore habitats that have been damaged due to past physical impacts
Artificial Enhancement Examples
Taking Pressure Off Our Natural Reefs
Protecting Wild Fish Populations
REEF ALLIANCE and SeaTREK are proud to partner with Rising Tide Conservation; a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of coral reefs and wild fish populations through sustainable aquaculture. Rising Tide collaborates with research universities and public aquariums to discover new methods to captive-breed saltwater aquarium fish in order to reduce the negative impact of fishing on coral reefs.
Recently, Rising Tide Conservation and the team at the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory successfully captive-bred (for the first time ever) Pacific Blue Tangs. To learn more about this project visit Rising Tide Conservation's website.
The Life Cycle of the Blue Tang
- Eggs: Fertilized eggs develop into fish.
- Larval: Larval fish live off a yolk sac.
- Fry: Fry start eating on their own.
- Juvenile: The time fish spend developing from fry into adults.
- Adult: When fish are able to reproduce.
- Spawning: Female fish release eggs and male fish fertilize them.
Research & Development
Donations raised through the SeaTREK program at Discovery Cove Orlando have contributed nearly $50,000 to Rising Tide Conservation! Enough to fully fund the research of one PhD student.
How can you contribute?
Try SeaTREK on your next vacation! When you participate in SeaTREK* a portion of your payment is donated to Rising Tide. This money is used to directly fund a PhD student’s research in
*only at participating SeaTREK locations
Through shared research and education, Rising Tide can increase the amount of captive-bred species of marine ornamental fish available to aquarium hobbyists and reduce our impact on coral reefs. To learn more