In late November, the ERI along with personnel from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Florida Institute of Oceanography and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center conducted visits to different coral reef sites in the Turneffe Atoll, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. These visits were with the purpose of identifying suitable locations for the installation of a Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS).
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, in partnership with NOAA, will fund the installation of CREWS stations at Calabash Caye and one near South Water Caye. These stations will be maintained and monitored monthly. The ERI will be responsible for the Calabash Caye CREWS through the staff of its marine field station in close proximity. Real time data transmission as provided by this system is essential for quick action to respond to disturbances such as algal blooms like that which occurred in southern Belize in summer of 2011.