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Appeal for divers to assist in reef mapping

Royal Bermuda Regiment Sergeant Major James Self, left, conducting diving training at Blue Water Divers in Somerset, owned by Regiment Captain Chris Gauntlett. The Regiment is calling on divers to assist in a project to map the reefs (Photograph supplied)

Volunteer divers and snorkellers are being sought for a major reef mapping programme taking place at Elbow Beach tomorrow.

The event is part of a project to protect the Island’s reef system, run jointly by the Royal Bermuda Regiment and the Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Analysis and Monitoring Programme (BREAM).

In a press release, the Regiment’s Lieutenant Gordon Emmerson said that event-specific equipment would be provided, but that volunteers should bring their own snorkel or diving gear and underwater cameras.

He stated: “It’s a major event and promises to be fun for all the family with a barbecue lunch and refreshments organised by the Regiment on sale.

“We welcome public participation in the very valuable event that will help guarantee the health of Bermuda’s unique reef system for future generations.

“I would like to thank Dr Thaddeus Murdoch of BREAM for all his guidance and the effort he has put into the project. We hope we can find more events in the community to support in the future.”

The reef mapping day runs from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/events/891839654234974