Global Impact Through Individual Initiative
As a registered 501 (c) (3) organization, GDI receives funding from private donations and grants. GDI is already building a reputation for supporting projects across the globe, including:
- Ocean debris and beach cleanup events
- Coral reef preservation and restoration projects
- Marine life preservation programs
- Native plant preservation programs
- Environmental research grants
Green Diver Projects
GDI Awards Dive4Change Grant
A recent graduate from Seton Hall University, Andriana Fragola combined her love for diving and marine science to study the differences in substrate coverage between disturbed and undisturbed coral reef sites in Indonesia and the implications for fishery management.
“Understanding the conditions necessary for the support of diverse reef ecosystems, and the possible threats that could cause them to deteriorate is critical for the effective management of fisheries and the development of marine sanctuaries."
Andriana was invited to present her study to the prestigious 2016 International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii, the world’s leading coral reef science meeting held every four years.
With assistance from the Dive4Change Grant Program, Andriana was able to travel to the symposium to share her research.
“The Dive4Change Grant really made a great difference in assuring I would be able to present my research from Indonesia...I love how the NAUI Green Diver Initiative looks for individual students to support. As an undergraduate student, I had trouble finding funding because most grants are for organizations.”
International Poster Contest for Youth
For over 30 year the International Poster Contest for Youth, created by John C. Fine, and its allied environmental-educational organizations have been involved in seeking solution to the problems of pollution and the depletion of the world's marine resources. Young people worldwide have submitted their original works of art, depicting an annual theme. This year the Contest theme was "Save the Billfish."
The 2015-2016 contest winners will be announced soon!
NAUI Green Diver Initiative Funds the Goliath Grouper Study
Palm Beach County, Florida hosts the largest spawning accumulation of Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) in the world. Each August through October these remarkable fish migrate hundreds of miles to these South Florida waters to spawn. Divers from all over the world travel in droves to the region every year to witness this spectacular event.
After decades of heavy fishing pressure in U.S. waters, the goliath grouper stock status reached dangerous levels, which prompted the closure of the fishery in 1990. Recently, there has been a push to lift the harvest moratorium, which would be detrimental to the species and to the diving community.
The NAUI Green Diver Initiative, thanks to a generous grant provided by The Henry Foundation, is leading the effort to support a study conducted by the Palm Beach County Diving Association to determine the value of the goliath grouper to the dive industry during the months of their spawning. The study will be accomplished using various methodologies via intercept surveys as divers return from goliath grouper dive trips.
Learn more about the Palm Beach County Diving Association!
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Florida Native Plant Month
NAUI Green Diver Initiative is proud to sponsor the first annual Florida Native Plant Society’s “Florida Native Plant Month” awareness campaign.
What do plants have to do with diving? Native plants are necessary for a healthy, sustainable environment that supports people and wildlife. Native plants and their roots help filter out toxins from entering our waterways. The clear waters NAUI divers enjoy rely on a well balanced and healthy ecosystem, including native plants.
In Florida, invasive plants are overtaking native species, which poses a real threat to our waterways. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission…
"It is estimated that more than 1.7 million acres of Florida's remaining natural areas have become infested with non-native plant species. Hydrilla, Florida's most widespread invasive exotic aquatic plant, covered 45,406 acres of public water bodies in 2007 in 199 public water bodies. At least 45% of the invasive non-native plant species found in Florida were imported for ornamental or agricultural reasons, and 39% of the worst invasive plant species are still commercially available for sale and continue to spread.”
We are proud to join the Florida Native Plant Society in this state-wide awareness campaign. There will be numerous public events across multiple counties in the state during the month of October.
Visit the Florida Native Plant Month site to learn more!