Cooper Island Research Project
Just off the South Beach you can snorkel out to the edge of the reef and there you will see two cameras and a LED light. The cameras have been operating since the 1st November 2012 and all data is being recorded at Ocean Classrooms’ headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
This 3-5 year project will provide video data of the Seagrass beds and fringing coral reef – enabling students to study a wide variety of species from their classroom.
The British Virgin Islands are home to only five different species of Seagrass. Some of the densest areas include Anegada’s northern and southwestern shore; Fat Hog’s Bay, Tortola and Manchioneel Bay – Cooper Island.
Seagrasses play a number of ecologically important roles including the reduction of wave action and improvement to water quality. Many types of algae and invertebrates are dependent on Seagrass and live on their blades. Studies have shown over 340 animals directly eat Seagrass and the beds provide habitat, shelter and nurseries for many important species such as fish and sea turtles.
We also have a science node that records water temperature and PH levels, providing vital data for the study of climate change in the Caribbean.
Sponsored by LIME