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A new era for Bonaire’s Buddy Dive TeK

Caribbean DTA Team

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From Buddy Dive in Bonaire

This week, our tec coordinator German Arango, better known as Mr. G, is saying goodbye to the Buddy Dive Tek department. This signals the end of an amazing and successful chapter for the tec diving at Buddy Dive. Mr. G has played a major role in setting up Buddy Dive Tek since 2007 and building it into one of the largest tec dive facilities in the southern Caribbean. In addition, he has made the Buddy Dive Tek events, Bonaire TeK, and Operation CCR very successful for many years. We want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. G for his dedication to Buddy Dive Tek and its many guests.

Buddy Dive Tek has grown enormously in the past years. For this reason, there will not be just one tec coordinator at the helm, but a team of young and passionate tec divers. They will use their passion and broad knowledge to provide full-service tec support, as well as tec courses at different levels. We hereby would like to introduce Anouck and Luc (maybe you know them already!) who will take over Buddy Dive Tek.

You can contact them at any time at tekdiving@buddydive.com

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Curaçao Dive Site of the Month – Smokeys (Watch Video)

Bryan Horne

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New Video Release: Smokeys near Eastpoint Curaçao.

Learn about https://bit.ly/Smokeys-Dive-Site-Curacao – a Top 10 Dive Site in Curacao located near Eastpoint and arguably one of the best dive sites in the Caribbean. 

It rivals the finest dive sites in Belize, Bonaire and the Cayman Islands.

Video produced and edited for Dive Curacao, by NaturePicsFilms.

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Coral Spawning Predictions for Curacao and the Southern Caribbean

Bryan Horne

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The Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) has released its 2022 annual coral spawning prediction calendar for Curacao and the south Caribbean.  This calendar plays a central role in studying the reproductive biology of Caribbean corals and guiding coral restoration efforts for the southern Dutch Caribbean islands.

Based on these predictions, researchers are able to harvest coral gametes that are reared to larvae that can be used to cultivate future coral colonies.

Coral spawning is a miraculous event where entire coral colonies, prompted by the lunar cycle, sunset time and water temperature, release gametes (eggs and sperm) simultaneously. Gametes of one species fertilize another to become fertilized embryos that settle on the ocean floor after days to weeks.

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As divers, being able to witness a spawning event is a unique opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking scene as the entire reef becomes engulfed in a blizzard of future corals.

Each year, the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) releases a calendar to predict when each species of coral is expected to spawn. During these events, researchers from CARMABI, in collaboration with Reef Renewal Bonaire and Reef Renewal Curaçao, also collect gametes to be used to grow new corals in a laboratory setting.

Photo credit = CARMABI

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