The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation ( BREEF) kicked off Earth Week by hosting a Snorkel and Underwater Cleanup this past Saturday April 16, 2022 at Saunders Beach.
During the event participants learned about fish identification, threats to coral reefs and how to snorkel for the very first time.
Allison Longley, BREEF’s Outreach and Education Officer stated, “ Earth Day is a wonderful reminder for everyone to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of The Bahamas, in particular the coral reefs and the many things that they do to sustain our way of life. It’s vital that we connect our youth first-hand to the marine environment so they too can understand the importance of protecting the coral reefs that protect us.”
Heather Brockbank, a BREEF intern in the Bahamas Environmental Stewards Scholars (BESS) programme, supported the event and stated, “Having the opportunity to indulge in marine ecosystems and help guide the youth to see the wonders of the underwater world is a rewarding experience for all and helps to bring knowledge and joy of marine ecosystems to the community as a whole”.
This event was a part of BREEF’s Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) programme.
To learn more about how you can get involved and participate in the next upcoming event please visit www.breef.org.
Photo 1; Heather Brockbank, BREEF intern and BESS Scholar teaching snorkelers about fish identification.
Photo 2; Snorkelers enjoying the event.
Photo 3; Snorkelers taking action to combat plastic pollution by cleaning up garbage from the ocean.