Title

Preserving the Coral Reefs Through Science and Hobby

Poster Number

8

Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Coral reefs are a diverse underwater ecosystem that contains a vast number of species. They serve many human needs, such as protection from storms and economical benefits. Many travel to view coral reefs and some keep them in their own homes. Despite the importance of coral reefs they are slowly disappearing. Many human-induced and natural causes have lead to the destruction of natural reefs. Along with the devastation, there are scientist and hobbyists working to save the precious coral reefs. Science continues to help hobbyists learn more about the reefs and how they can play an active role in protecting the natural reefs. Both parties will agree that the general public must be more aware of the problems in order continue coral reef preservation. In order to raise public awareness I am proposing to create a film that investigates both sides of coral reef preservation. By visiting and filming at the National Coral Reef Institute, as well as conducting interviews from the staff, I will obtain footage of how researchers are working to preserve reefs. From the hobbyist prospective, I will meet with members of the Central Valley Reefers club to film their tanks and conduct interviews. I will also film events and techniques used by hobbyists to promote coral reef preservation. The film will be produced and distributed over the Internet as well as in local fish stores and through different clubs. This way the film will effectively raise public awareness and promote the issue of coral reef preservation.

Location

Callison Hall

Start Date

6-5-2006 10:00 AM

End Date

6-5-2006 12:00 PM

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Preserving the Coral Reefs Through Science and Hobby

Callison Hall

Coral reefs are a diverse underwater ecosystem that contains a vast number of species. They serve many human needs, such as protection from storms and economical benefits. Many travel to view coral reefs and some keep them in their own homes. Despite the importance of coral reefs they are slowly disappearing. Many human-induced and natural causes have lead to the destruction of natural reefs. Along with the devastation, there are scientist and hobbyists working to save the precious coral reefs. Science continues to help hobbyists learn more about the reefs and how they can play an active role in protecting the natural reefs. Both parties will agree that the general public must be more aware of the problems in order continue coral reef preservation. In order to raise public awareness I am proposing to create a film that investigates both sides of coral reef preservation. By visiting and filming at the National Coral Reef Institute, as well as conducting interviews from the staff, I will obtain footage of how researchers are working to preserve reefs. From the hobbyist prospective, I will meet with members of the Central Valley Reefers club to film their tanks and conduct interviews. I will also film events and techniques used by hobbyists to promote coral reef preservation. The film will be produced and distributed over the Internet as well as in local fish stores and through different clubs. This way the film will effectively raise public awareness and promote the issue of coral reef preservation.