First set of reef modules deployed in Barbuda to help protect nearby coastal communities from storm surge and sea-level rise

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On Monday 3rd October, Prime Minister Gaston Browne , along with Minister of Tourism and Investment, The Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez, Minister of Housing The Hon. Maria Browne and Senator Knacyntar Nedd-Charles attended the inaugural deployment of The Ocean Shot project led by scientist Dr. Deborah Brosnan in partnership with global philanthropist and entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria.

Ocean Shot is the first of its kind to take action for our oceans.

The newly launched initiative plans to use technology that mimics the design and shape of natural reefs to provide opportunities for colonization by coral and other marine life.

The constructed reef modules will also help protect nearby coastal communities from storm surge and sea-level rise.

According to the project scope, “Serving as protective barriers for coastal communities against wave action, the coral reefs enable people to set up homes and businesses closer to the ocean. Coral reefs mitigate sand flow to beaches, replenishing the sparkling white beaches that make the Caribbean a global tourist hot spot. The sand itself is thanks to coral and a very important local species that feeds on it. The Ocean-Shot project is starting to operate in Antigua and Barbuda and will be replicated in other Caribbean and Latin American locations. The program may also find a home in other parts of the world in the future.”

Institutional partners for this project include;

PADI: Dr. Drew Richardson, President and CEO. As the leader in the dive industry, PADI’s engagement and partnership helps the wider reach of this effort and ensures that it will be embedded in dive practices.

In addition, this program will form the basis of PADI AWARE Foundation’s development of best practices guidelines for coral reef restoration and monitoring that will be the dive industries’ standard practice and approach.

Government of Antigua and Barbuda (GoAB): Prime Minister Gaston Browne is directly involved in this project, as is the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Samantha Marshall, Minister for Environment and Health Molwyn Joseph, and Barbuda’s Senator Nedd.

They have pledged their full support and that of their agencies to advance the effort.

In addition, the project links with the policy of ocean resilience and blue economy being developed, including at the University of the West Indies 5-star Campus.

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  1. Anyone knows what has become of that badminded MP from Barbuda. I will always remember him saying just before the privy council verdict that one of the judges said “the matter was important for the people of Barbuda”. Thinking he was going to win the case.

  2. BADMINDED Trevor Walker is busy making gas station profits and enjoying his house in Antigua. Per, Sir Robin he was last seen collecting BROWN PAPER BAG

    • Who tell Tessa Barthley attack Sherfield Bowen. She tried choking the man with his necktie. The man had the right to defend himself. Do us a favour and get someone to choke you.

  3. Reef Project.
    Why is housing minister present?
    Chapa building overwater-bungalows for Barbudans?🤔

    • “And, MY DEAR WIFE guides me and supports me to this day.”

      https://antiguanewsroom.com/lovell-i-believe-in-listening-to-and-respecting-women/

      Where is your “DEAR WIFE” King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe? You mussa subsume she 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣 🤣

      She guided you to IMF, ROMANTIC RHYTHMS and WADADLI POWER CAN’T. So way she day as u claim??? Not one picture or public outing with you. Witch part u “DEAR WIFE” day boss?

      Mek de ppl dem c de ooman responsible fu arl dem CATASTROPHIC decisions u mek as Finance & Tourism Minister Jack.

      Wah she nearm? How Lang u an she marrid? A she tell u fu kick out Cortwright Marshall?

      Wifey where are u???

    • Maria Vanessa Bird-Browne (born 1991) is a politician in Antigua and Barbuda. She was elected as a member of the House of Representatives for St. John’s Rural East in the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda in 2018, becoming the youngest lawmaker in the country and the youngest female member of parliament across the Commonwealth. She is the country’s minister for housing, lands, and urban renewal.

      Just in case you didn’t know she is not only Minister of Housing. But then again, like Brixtonian it must a joke as well. You guys have a strange sense of humor.

      • And she day to see if she can shake down some rich people for her invisible charity, Share. Hope them Spanish people in her constituency wake up and get rid a she.

  4. Wow 😳 wow wow Do you think that these Rich people saw the devastation in Florida and Carolina watch out Barbuda your Landscape will return be watchful and be mindful

    • Hurricane Maria was worse than Ian. Barbuda was devastated just five years ago. And its these people who are putting their money where their mouth is to protect Barbuda from another disaster like Maria. Barbudans didn’t put up a dime to build back their Island. Every job they did needed to get paid for by someone else.

  5. Where are the scientists that are always around with the Barbuda Council? Are they not invited? I guess they need to do a study to see if and how they can talk bad about this project. Thanks once again to a Philanthropist who not just says he loves this Island but put his money where his mouth is, to ensure its coastal lands are protected not just now but in the future. And climate change is eroding many coastal lands. And we in Antigua starting to see that firsthand. Dickenson Beach, Runaway Beach, Fort James. Anyone over sixty can tell you how these beaches used to be wide white sandy beaches. Now we have sea level rise that are threatening our coastal lands.

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