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The Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program
Cozumel coral reef restoration program has the objective to restore coral reefs, promote research and marine educational programs.
Created by Dr. German Mendez
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About Our Foundation
Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program was born in 2013 by Dr. German Mendez and other biologists who have helped in restoring coral reefs using other species besides Acropora Cervicornis and Palmata. Also has the commitment of educational programs promoting the conservation of the coral reefs and the restoration of those reefs that have been affected by human activities and storms.
The purpose of this program, is to establish an area in Cozumel outside of the marine park where coral will be grown on top of concrete slabs with cup holders where there will be planted corals to grow in a controlled environment and under care with the help of volunteers to restore the most affected areas of Cozumel coral reefs due to the storms, over development and divers overload. Also, it will be an area where there will be promoted studies for research and the conservation of coral reefs, as well as to learn of reproduction, diseases, contamination, and propagation.
Volunteers & Contributors
Our volunteers have made an impact!
Kevin Herroz Hiriart and Jorge Herroz
We want to congratulate Kevin Herroz Hiriart and Jorge Herroz for having finished Kevin his open water course and both for having completed his coral conservation course. And thank you for your help in the restoration areas
Trisha Mansfield Frakes and Garrett Frakes
We want to thank Trisha Mansfield Frakes and Garrett Frakes for their help during this weekend at the restoration areas and thank you for the brushes. Hope to see you back soon!
Phillip Hance,Michael Greene and Darrell Parke
we want to congratulate our friends Phillip Hance, Michael Greene and Darrell Parke from Broken Arrow Oklahoma and Okiescuba for successfully accomplished their Research Diver Course and thank you very much for your help in the restoration areas and for the data collection! we hope to see you back soon!
Chelsey R. Taylor
We want to congratulate Chelsey R. Taylor from Michigan for the completion of the coral reef conservation course, and also thank her and Katarzyna Pierzyna for their help in the restoration areas
Classes & Programs
Coral Reef Conservation Approach
6 hours • USD $110.00 1 day program 2 Open Water Dives
Once you have completed the Coral Reef Restoration class you will receive your Diploma in Reef Restoration and help the coral restoration efforts in Cozumel.
Coral Reef Restoration Program
After the completion of the course, you will get your PADI Coral Reef Conservation specialty and a diploma. Also, you can help us in the coral restoration efforts in Cozumel as a volunteer.
PADI Reef Fish Identification Course
14 hours • USD $165.00 US Includes 1 day 2 tank boat dive and 2 shore dives
Learn about the fish of the reef and the important relationship they have with other coral inhabitants, and their function on the reef. Upon completion, you will become a PADI Fish ID diver
PADI Research Diver
16 hours • USD $330.00 includes 2 tank boat dive and 5 shore dives
Learn the monitoring program that helps us
to evaluate the out planted corals to see how they are growing and adapting over periods of time. Upon completion, you get your PADI Research Diver certificate.
Marine Ecology Snorkeling Tour
2 hours • $65.00 USD
40 min theory class + 1 h snorkel marine interpretation.
Full snorkel gear (fins, mask, snorkel tube and life vest)
Fresh fruit and naturally flavored water
Discover Scuba- Learn to dive
Learn how to dive so you can visit the farm after the class. It is a whole new experience!
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The Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program is a Non-Profit organization that is mostly funded by Donations. We ask that you please give to our cause and help us restore the reefs in Cozumel. Any donation is appreciated and will go 100% to the reef restoration project.
DR. German Mendez