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ABOUT CARIBBEAN REEF BUDDY

Caribbean Reef Buddy (CRB) was established in 2014, and became a registered NGO in 2015. The two main drivers were firstly to promote tourism to the beautiful island of Carriacou, and secondly through education, to demonstrate the importance of our marine ecosystem and the things we can do to help it.

Over the years, through a combination of grant funded projects and self-funded activity supported by our summer ‘Volunteer Program’, CRB has been able to establish a pilot nursery which has had excellent results over the past 5 years.

We have focused heavily on marine conservation and citizen science with the collection of robust data on reef health using Coral Watch, and overall biodiversity through Reef Check surveys. This focus on monitoring the productive reef systems was accompanied by the systematic containment of invasive lionfish. However, over time the requirements of the ecosystem have changed.

Lionfish have become part of the food-chain and their numbers are no longer as prolific as they once were. Now that we have sufficient data and an in-depth understanding of ecosystem dynamics in Carriacou waters, we are switching focus to more active engagement.

Our Vision is to become a regional center for coral conservation education.

Meet The Reef Buddy Team

Gary

Program Director & Instructor

Gary is a co-founder of CRB with financial and conservation expertise. He’s a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA. He emphasizes the need for financially sustainable conservation projects for lasting impact. He’s a skilled PADI and SSI Master Instructor, mentoring students happily. He’s committed to marine conservation in Carriacou.

Nora

Instructor

Nora arrived in Carriacou in 2018, initially as a volunteer. She developed a strong attachment to the island and its wildlife, leading her to settle there permanently. Nora is a diving instructor with Deefer Diving, focusing on Fish ID. She’s acclaimed for being the island’s top lionfish ceviche chef, and an exceptional spotter of seahorses and macro life. If you’re seeking seahorses, Nora is your go-to person.

Steve

Instructor & Equipment Guru

Steve is a PADI and SSI Instructor who joined us with a wealth of experience developed in Asia and the South Pacific islands.  Formerly in the British Fire Service, Steve has become our technician and Scuba MacGyver.

Racqs

Project & Admin Manager

Racqs looks after the whole logistics and running of the operation and makes things tick.  Somehow she manages to keep track of everything that needs to happen and everything that’s going on too.

Before CRB Racqs worked as an accountant within construction in St Lucia, but now is a Divemaster who will guide you on some of our project activities.

"Prince" Harry

Cat

“Prince” Harry: The Ginger Prince.  He’s been with us now as the resident rodent chaser for 8 years.  Although he’s never been much of a rodent chaser to be fair.  You’ll find Harry anywhere where there is dive gear…. or food.  Harry loves food!

Nasio

Boat Skipper

Nas joined the team in June 2023 as our diligent boat skipper.

Nas loves the ocean and everything in it, his passion and curiosity for the underwater world will definitely rub off on anyone he interacts with.

 

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