Caribbean Conservation Corporation and Open
Water Media Receive Royal Caribbean Ocean Fund Grant
for Barrier Island Center Mini-Documentaries
The Royal Caribbean Ocean Fund has awarded a $40,000 grant to the
Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) for the production of two
mini-documentaries to be used at the new Barrier Island Center in the
Archie Carr Refuge near Melbourne Beach, Fla. The short videos, which
will also be distributed to other educational facilities, will be
produced in collaboration with CCC by Open Water Media. The Brevard
County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, which is developing
and managing the Barrier Island Center, will also assist with the
This year the Ocean Fund also awarded grants to 14 other
organizationsincluding the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society.
The first film will be an introduction to the Barrier Island Center and
surrounding habitats, while the second will focus on sea turtles and
sea turtle research conducted in the refuge. Both programs will be
officially released in conjunction with the grand opening of the center
in late 2007. Later, the groups plan to extend the series to include
individual videos focused on a cross section of specific barrier island
habitats, from the Indian River Lagoon, to the beach, and offshore to
the Oculina Banks deepwater coral reef, as well as a more in-depth
video about sea turtles.
The overall goal for the series is to increase public awareness of the
uniqueness, beauty, and fragile nature of the ecosystems and
inhabitants within and adjacent to Florida's eastern barrier islands.
The programs will also explain how critical healthy marine and coastal
habitats are to fisheries, tourism, and endangered and threatened sea
Dr. Archie Carr, a sea turtle biologist and writer from the University
of Florida, and others, founded the Caribbean Conservation Corporation
in 1959. The organization now supports sea turtle research around the
world, including in the Archie Carr Refuge, where it also conducts
turtle walks each summer.
"We're very excited about the opening of the Barrier Island Center and
happy to be a part of this new program to showcase the area and the sea
turtles," said David Godfrey, CCC's executive director.
The Open Water Media team has a long history producing video and other
educational and outreach materials, many focused on ocean topics. The
group received a previous grant from the Ocean Fund to produce Sea
Profiles, an award-winning educational CD-ROM that covers marine
environments and ongoing oceanographic research programs. Mark Schrope,
the company's president, has also written extensively on ocean-related
topics for magazines such as Outside and Popular Science.
"All of us involved have a great love for Florida, and in particular
the Archie Carr region, so we're very much looking forward to helping
teach people more about it, " said Schrope. "We're also pleased to be
collaborating with a highly regarded non-profit like CCC, and to have
an excuse to spend more time working at the refuge."
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, which operates Royal Caribbean
International and Celebrity Cruises, established the Ocean Fund in 1996
to support marine conservation organizations in preserving the world's
oceans. The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support efforts to restore
and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human
activity on this environment, and promote awareness of ocean and
coastal issues and respect for marine life.
Ocean Fund grants are made to a variety of nonprofit groups and
institutions conducting activities directly related to marine
conservation. These activities cover research, education and innovative
technologies. Nearly $10 million has been awarded to organizations
since the fund's inception.
Caribbean Conservation Corporation
CCC’s mission is to study and protect sea turtles and their habitats
within the Atlantic and Wider Caribbean. To achieve its mission,
CCC uses research, habitat protection, public education, community
outreach, and networking and policy initiatives as its basic tools. For
more information, please visit www.cccturtle.org.
Open Water Media
Open Water Media is a communications group dedicated to presenting
scientific and other topics to general audiences through the production
of print, video, and web materials that are accurate, easily
understandable, and engaging. For more information, please visit
Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program was established in
1990 to protect the natural habitats of Brevard County by acquiring
environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, passive recreation,
and environmental education. This was made possible by citizens
who voted to tax themselves up to $55 million dollars for the
acquisition and maintenance of Brevard’s natural areas.To stretch these
funds as far as possible, the EEL Program forms partnerships with
federal, state, and local agencies that are committed to the protection
of natural resources and our long-term quality of life. For more
information, please visit www.eelbrevard.com.