Seacology has launched its first ever crowdfunding campaign to save parrotfish in Colombia
Seacology has launched its first ever crowdfunding campaign to save parrotfish in Colombia.
Launched on Earth Day, last April 22nd, 2018 the campaign aims to help raise awareness of the importance of parrotfish to the health of the coral reefs around Isla Providencia, Colombia. Hungry parrotfish eat the harmful macroalgae that compete for space with corals, keeping the ecosystem in balance. Too much algae can smother and ultimately kill a coral reef. Currently, the parrotfish around Providencia are being overfished, which poses great danger to the coral reefs: without the parrotfish, the reef will quickly become overgrown with algae and rapidly deteriorate.
Seacology’s project is a total ban on catching parrotfish in the waters around the Island. But a ban is impossible without community support—so Seacology is funding a campaign that will reach everyone on the island. It includes a video for fishermen, radio broadcasts, education for schoolchildren, and plaques for restaurants that take parrotfish off the menu. Seacology, supported by The Prince Albert 2 of Monaco Foundation, will be working with the Providencia fishing community, the regional government agency Coralina, and local NGO Fundación Providence.