**Through different media, campaigns and presentations Coral Reef Care wants to create awareness for marine issues. The ultimate goal is to initiate change with the public, politics and businesses. **
We believe that the effect you can have as an individual and the effect of small scale projects is significant. Of course we have big issues like climate change where we need the entire world to act. But if the individual doesn’t start acting, there will never be a change. It all starts in your own backyard, and by talking about the problems you can be influential, creating a bigger movement in the end. This bigger movement will then motivate businesses and politics to change.
We strongly believe eating less fish is an important step especially the Western world should take. Overfishing is one of the biggest threats to the reefs and therefore a focus of the foundation. In a complex ecosystem like a coral reef all species depend on each other. Taking or reducing certain species has an impact on the entire ecosystem and can even be the reason for its collapse.
In less developed countries the local population depends strongly on fisheries. In our campaigning we don’t forget that important human factor. It is our aim to provide for healthy fish resources for people who depend on them by bringing back the balance in the reef ecosystem.
On Zanzibar with local partner Marinecultures we organize special meetings and give presentations on various topics:
- General marine biology to create knowledge about the coral reef ecosystem;
- Threats to the reefs eg overfishing and destructive fishing techniques;
- The importance of No Take Zones;
- Future of the reefs and the importance to the community;
- Increasing pollution due to inappropriate waste disposal.
We have different programs for school children, fishermen, tourist operators, etc. The meetings are held in English and Swahili.