A New Major Initiative to Preserve the Caribbean’s Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs pic

Coral Reefs
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Michael Schamis is a New Jersey entrepreneur who engages with Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits as sales associate. An avid scuba diver, Michael Schamis is a longtime PADI member who earned his instructor’s license at age 18, the youngest age eligible for the credential.

One major concern of many divers is the fate of the world’s coral ecosystems, which are dying off in many regions due to mass bleaching and accelerating climate change. In September 2016, the Nature Conservancy and Mote Marine Laboratory announced they would be partnering on a major conservation effort spanning the Florida Keys and Caribbean.

The initiative will last 15 years and involve coordinated efforts to restore the 1 million corals across the region. Coral gene banks that encompass the full range of genetic diversity will be collected. These banks may help in growing coral varieties most resistant to climate change. In the next year, some 50,000 coral fragments will be grown in preparation for the initiative’s official launch.


PADI Partners with Project AWARE to Conserve Underwater Ecosystems

A New York resident with marketing and business development experience, Michael Schamis joined Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits in 2013, where he provides sales support. Michael Schamis also provides scuba diving lessons through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.

Since its inception in 1966, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has paved the way for more than 136,000 scuba diving instructors, who have issued over 23 million certifications. The organization upholds a “Four E’s Philosophy” of education, experience, equipment, and environmental conservation, to ensure each diver engages safely in the activity.

In terms of environmental conservation, PADI partners with Project AWARE to help maintain a healthy underwater ecosystem. Together, the organizations provide a Project AWARE Specialist certification program that educates the diving community about issues facing aquatic environments, such as fisheries and sustainability challenges, and actions that can be taken to preserve the landscape. Further, classroom discussions on coral reef preservation and environmental issues impacting coastal zones and ocean commons are included in the course.

For more information, visit http://www.padi.com.