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Fourth Annual Fish ID Challenge scheduled for Bonaire

(DiverWire) Sand Dollar Resort and Bonaire Dive & Adventure have teamed up to present another program designed to promote the preservation of Bonaire’s magnificent underwater Marine Park. This summer the resort and dive operation team up to present the Fourth Annual Fish ID Challenge. Presented over two weeks, July 30-August 5 and August 6-12, 2011, the program will feature Fish ID experts Patti & Scott Chandler of ReefNet, Inc.

Participants will enjoy multimedia Fish ID seminars targeting novice to advanced fish watchers. Attendees will receive a Bonaire specific, custom printed Fish ID guide of the top 100 most commonly sighted fish found in Bonaire’s waters. During the week, Patti and Scott will lead guided shore dives on Bari Reef.  Several evenings each week, Patti and Scott will share raw, uncut video of these and other dives with participants discussing fish ID and swapping the days “fish stories.” One of Scott’s specialties is shooting in Hi-Def macro, capturing on tape, interesting fishes and creatures too small to be noticed by the naked eye and fish behavior not normally seen by most divers.

Divers will learn how to contribute to REEF’s (the Reef Environmental Education Foundation) fish database through the use of roving surveys. Information gathered in the surveys will be entered into REEF’s public-accessible database and made available to divers, marine researchers, and other interested parties. Current Reef database statistics site Bonaire as having 7 of the top 10 Reefs in the Caribbean in terms of species richness, with Sand Dollar’s Bari Reef boasting the top position with a remarkable 389 species recorded.

Participants will be further challenged with the goal of locating a “fish du jour” which will be posted on a daily “Wanted Poster.” At week’s end, prizes will be awarded for the guest(s) who accumulate the most points for daily fish sightings. Guests will be encouraged to participate in a cumulative weekly fish sighting tally that will be updated daily to illustrate the vast representation of fish that can be found in Bonaire’s calm waters.

Sand Dollar’s “Ride to the Reef Packages” during the Challenge are priced at US $787.00 per double diver, for seven nights studio accommodation, Free Nitrox upgrades, 6 days unlimited shore diving, truck rental and government room tax.  Packages including boat dives and other accommodation types including one, two and three bedrooms are also available.

Participation in the program is free to all Sand Dollar guests who have purchased a dive package with Bonaire Dive & Adventure. Bonaire Dive and Adventure will also offer 25% discount on a H2YO noisemaker and the ReefNet Inc. DVD during these 2 weeks.

For more information please call 800-288-4773 or our Florida Office at: 954-453-5025

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