Through your generous
contributions through ReefProject2 we will be able to continue
our Dream Project work
of coral propagation and replanting on the reefs in Fiji.
For the founder of this project, funded by ADE, this work is
not a newly formed idea that has yet to be tested. Walt
Smith established the world’s first commercial coral farm
back in 1998. Since then the success of this original idea
has led others to follow in many countries throughout the
tropical and subtropical world where coral reef exist.
However, the Marine Aquarium trade has its commercial limits
and Walt’s vision to do more for the environment and the
people far exceed that which he can bring to the trade. At
this time there are a total of four active farm sites and
the largest site has five different and diverse sections. On
average there are about twenty corals growing for every one
that is brought to market. This leaves the remainder of the
corals to be planted on the nearby reefs.
So far the industry itself has been able to support this
activity through the sales of the corals chosen for market
but we want to do more.
The past 16 years have proved that coral farming works and
remote villages can earn an income from participating in
this activity after being trained by the Walt Smith team of
experts. However, this additional expense can no longer be
supported by an industry that has already reached market
Through your generous contributions we will be able to
advance this effort to many other villages and pay those
same people to grow coral and plant those corals on their
reef for future generations to come.
It is Walt’s dream to see this ambitious project spread to at
least 45 different villages throughout Fiji where each
village is capable of planting 1,000 pieces of new coral
every month. This is not guesswork or an over inflated
estimate. We have been successfully doing this very thing
for the past 16 years.
Once we have reached this target that would mean over 500,000
new coral colonies every year that would spawn exponentially
thus increasing biomass to the reef which would also mean
increased habitat securing a food source in the future for
participating villages. This fact along with providing a
much needed income to remote villagers is reason enough
pursue this ambitious dream.
In the future these coral propagation and reef rehabilitation
sites will be widely accepted as the world’s largest and
will be able to attract many different types of scientific
study and research projects that would help provide a better
understanding of our vast frontier under the sea.
Once this happens the project would be self sustainable by
charging a fee to various scientific groups and
organizations to visit the site or sites for the purpose of
observation and recording the findings aligned with their
particular scientific agenda.
If you choose to be a part of this worthwhile project you
will have the quiet satisfaction in knowing that you are
part of a team that is doing something positive for our
environment, science and impoverished people in remote
villages throughout Fiji.
We humbly thank you for your generosity and vision to be a
part of this dream,
How to contribute:
At the bottom of this page, click on the Donation button.
You will be taken to a secured page on PayPal
where can fill in your donation amount and credit card information.
Silver level $50
Gold level $100
Platinum level $500 or more
Special donor category:
Golden Reef $10,000 - $25,000
Neptune’s Elite $25,000 and beyond
Dear Friends of the Environment,
Contributions are starting to roll in and we are
humbly grateful for your support. We are
currently creating a page that will track the
donations and what they have allowed us to
accomplish so far. You will see a map of the
Fiji reefs and the villages that live along them
that we are helping. Our goal is the reach 15
villages during 2016 and you will be able to
watch the progress on this page.
Any level of contribution is welcome and tax deductible. A
certificate of appreciation will be awarded to
you upon receipt of your generosity showing the
amount of your contribution for your records.
Regular monthly contributions can also be set up
through your credit card on file..