Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In a 2009 visit to Jamaica
From left to right: Jackie Liederman, Harry Miller, Les Kaufman, Kevin Harvey, Judith Lang and Tami Wallis Photographer Aaron Land
Complimentary Accommodations were provided by Catcha Falling Star Resort.
Coral Reef Monitoring component
Boosting Biodiversity in Negril Coral Reef through Community Recycling and Environmental Education Project
(BioBoost Negril Recycling Project)
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF), Small Grants Project (SGP) has provided funding for a community recycling project aimed at boosting biodiversity in Negril Coral Reef through community recycling and Environmental education. The project is the brainchild of the Negril Recycling Center and is facilitated by the Negril Chamber of Commerce. Other partners in the project includes; Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society (NCRPS), Negril Environmental Protection Trust (NEPT),
The Project has two main components; land based collection and recycling of plastic and Marine Species monitoring. Mr. Peter Reid, Manager of the
The fishermen from the Negril area welcomed the opportunity provided by the project to Scuba train and certify five of them as open water padi scuba divers. Through the project the fishermen are now fully trained and will be participating in regular joint under water cleanup and Coral Reef Monitoring with the NCRPS Marine Parks Rangers and Reefs Consultants team.
As a part of this year’s Earth day activity the project sponsored the cleanup of the
Over the next few month running up to December NCRPS, the five fishermen and the Reefs Consultants divers will continue to conduct Coral Reef monitoring and underwater cleanup.
Five project sites have been selected from Ricks Café in the South West to the Booby Cay in the
In the Above Photo The Project Team is seen in Training under the Bio-Boost Negril Recycling project – Back on Land after their first open water scuba diving training in the Ocean. (Venue - West Ender Inn)
From Left to Right:
Dennis Evans – Treasurer Negril Fishermen’s Corporative
David Baggoo – Aspiring Marine Biologist
Kevin Harvey- Reefs Consultants (Project Manager)
Roy Casco – Fisherman
Domenico Hines – Fisherman
Norman Baggoo – Dive Instructor
Glenroy Allen - Fisherman
Written by: Kevin Harvey
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
A lot of Negril’s guests are seeking only the Big Chill- a time away from time in our gorgeous and hopelessly relaxing setting. But beginning in our garden properties and extending up into the hills and out to sea, is a nature unparalleled in beauty, peace, and charm…and you may just want to get a peek at it while you are here. In celebration of this bounty, we’ve decided to make Catcha Falling Star Resort the ecotourism center for the Negril region.
This blog introduces you to the nature of Negril and the larger Jamaica. There is much to see and enjoy at several energy levels, from a garden stroll, to a walk down the street, a half day junket, or even a whole-day adventure. Keep in mind that the “larger Jamaica” is not that large- the entire island is within reach of either a one or a two day trip. However, do remember that even if you were staying somewhere else in Jamaica, Negril would undoubtedly be at the top of your list of the most wonderful places to visit while on-island…and you’re already here!
Introducing the "Negril Irie Ecology Blog”
The “Negril Irie Eco-Blog” is Negril’s forum for topics concerning the wonders of Jamaica’s waters and countryside that are yours to relish when you visit. It is written by Kevin Harvey in consult with Drs.Les Kaufman and Judith Lang (reef biologists, combined Jamaican experience over 78 years). They are both old friends of Jamaica and members of the family both at Catcha Falling star and at Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory. The DBML is the University of the West Indies’ world-famous marine research facility on the north coast of Jamaica about 2 hours East of Catcha. Many scientists think of DBML as the birthplace of modern coral reef science.
This Eco-Blog got its name because the entries are expected to be a bit irregular. However, you can write us about anything related to Jamaican natural history or marine biology at “firstname.lastname@example.org” and both your question and his answer may be posted here…when we get around to it.
While you are waiting for this to happen, we will post periodic bits on life about Negril and places close by that you may want to visit. We’ll also list web-based sources of additional information about Jamaica’s wonderful ecology and its natural and human history.