Amlin Donates $10,000 To Coral Reef Research

October 2, 2013

The Bermuda Zoological Society has received a donation from Amlin Bermuda in the amount of $10,000 for their ongoing work in promoting coral reef research and protection.

“The delicate state of coral reefs around the world has continued to garner international attention, as many reef systems face major threats from a variety of sources”, a spokesperson said.

“Over the past several decades, there has been a dramatic decline in the health of coral reef systems globally, and an analysis of coral reefs across the Caribbean, including Bermuda, has found that the vast majority are substantially altered, in comparison to the state they were in 40 years ago.

“That same cross-Caribbean review made special note of the fact that Bermuda is one of only three coral reef systems still in good shape in the Caribbean, and the other two are now showing signs of decline.

“In light of this, the Bermuda Zoological Society is pleased to be partnering with Amlin Bermuda in promoting coral reef research and protection through a generous donation.”

Adam Parsons, Shonté Richardson and Lisa Finnerty of Amlin Bermuda present Bermuda Zoological Society President, Richard Winchell, with a donation for Reef Conservation in Bermuda:

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Lisa Finnerty, HR Manager of Amlin Bermuda said, “We are delighted to support the BZS Coral Reef research project to an organization that is dedicated to the environment in preserving and promoting sea life. It is rewarding to know we are contributing to the preservation of the beauty of our coral reefs.”

The spokesperson went on to say, “While Bermuda’s coral reef system, which are the northern-most in the world and cover an expanse of 750 square kilometres, are still in relatively good condition in comparison to other jurisdictions, their continued protection is vital to Bermuda’s survival.

“Living coral reefs act as a self-healing, protective sea wall which block storm waves from destroying our fragile limestone shoreline and the coastal infrastructure built along its edge. Also, the island’s shallow water marine habitats also serve as an important barometer of global reef health.”

“We are delighted that Amlin Bermuda has chosen to support the Bermuda Zoological Society in our on-going efforts to monitor the health of Bermuda’s coral reef systems and to promote reef conservation and research,” shared Bermuda Zoological Society President, Richard Winchell.

“Bermuda’s coral reefs are not only unique, but their protection is also vital to continued efforts towards environmental protection and sustainable living on our shores.”

[Photo by Sara Westhead]

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