In 2018, Skye Instruments reached its 35th year trading. To celebrate this special occasion, the company wanted to share the benefits with other good causes. In wedding terms, a 35th anniversary sees the gift of coral being shared and this gave us an idea… Being an environmentally conscious company, Skye wanted to use its success to help the struggling coral ecosystems however it can.
To achieve this, we want to help promote the importance and value of this unique ecosystem and so we launched our competition.
We received many good applications for an equipment donation to help with coral research/protection and we have chosen 3 winners.
The first winner is Suzanne Mills with the project title ‘Artificial night light pollution on Nemo reproduction’. She is looking at the effect of light pollution on the fish that live within the reef. She is a respected researcher in field and further details can be found on her website http://suzannemills.org. The application was for 1 x Underwater LUX Sensor and 1 x SS2+ GPS. The project is being undertaken at the CRIOBE research station based in Moorea, French Polynesia.
The second winner is Fatin Fadhlina with the project title ‘Mitigating sunlight as a secondary stress factor in causing Mass Coral Bleaching in the Anthropocene’. She is looking at the impact of irradiance on coral bleaching and if shading could help reduce the effects. She is asking for 1 x underwater light sensor and 1 x DataHog2 datalogger. The research is being conducted on Perhentian Island, East Coast Malaysia.
Finally, the third winner is Jen Vander Veur from the Coral Reef Alliance with the project title ‘Clean Water for Reefs Maui, Reducing Sediment Runoff to the Ocean’. They are looking at the impacts of sediment runoff on coral and if this can be reduced with plants native to the chosen area, Hawaii. This is one of the biggest organisations fighting the cause for coral reef protection. They have requested a couple of GPRS weather stations. The location of the project is The Upper Watersheds of Wahikuli and Honokowai, West Maui, Hawaii.
Further details of the plight of Coral can be found HERE
All three winners will be updating Skye and various social media platforms with their progress. So please keep watching …..