to acknowledgement of Audobon as recipient]
October 1, 1998
(Miami) Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has awarded $537,000 in 10 grants
to marine conservation organizations through The Ocean Fund, chairman and
CEO Richard D. Fain announced today.
In the two years since its launch, The Ocean Fund now has donated $1,382,000
on behalf of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises to 22
organizations working to protect the marine environment. Among the newest
grant recipients are the Alaska SeaLife Center, University of Florida's
Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research and the Caribbean Marine Research
Center. Two organizations earning grants a second time were the Center
for Marine Conservation and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.
The grants ranged from $30,000 to $75,000 and will underwrite research
into endangered fish and sea turtle populations, protection of coral reefs
and various educational projects, including teacher training in marine
``The potential impact of projects supported by The Ocean Fund is truly
remarkable,'' Fain said.
``There are so many dimensions to marine conservation and the protection
of our oceans, and we are pleased to become a partner with experts in research
Previous recipients have included The Nature Conservancy,
National Audubon Society's Living Oceans program and EarthWatch Institute.
New grants include $75,000 to the Center for Marine Conservation, which
received the fund's first award in October 1996. CMC will compile data
from its International Coastal Cleanup, which attracts almost 400,000 volunteers
worldwide, and implement a Model Communities project in San Juan Bay, Puerto
``The CMC is very pleased to have the generous support of The Ocean
Fund to further the goals of the world's largest volunteer activity for
our marine environment,'' CMC President Roger E. McManus said.
Organizations receiving the newest Ocean Fund grants are:
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise company operating two cruise
brands, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. The brands'
combined fleet consists of 17 vessels in service with a capacity of 31,000
berths. Six ships are on order, for an additional capacity of 15,200 berths.
The ships currently visit Alaska, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean,
Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, New England, the Panama Canal and Scandinavia.
Alaska SeaLife Center: $50,000 to marine research and public education
center in Seward, to develop interactive exhibit with real-time information
on field research programs
BREEF -- Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation: $35,000
to collect data on endangered Nassau grouper during spawning periods along
Andros Barrier Reef and to conduct public workshops
Caribbean Marine Research Center: $30,000 to establish permanent
mooring buoy system to protect marine habitats around Lee Stocking Island
research facility in Exuma Cays, Bahamas
Center for Marine Conservation: $75,000 to support the 1999 International
Coastal Cleanup and the Model Communities Project on waste reduction in
San Juan Bay
Florida Aquarium (Tampa, FL): $47,000 to create the high-school teacher
education program ``Science Education at Sea'' for marine biology and oceanography
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (Fort Pierce, FL): $75,000
to expand Sea Profiles, an interactive CD-ROM for students in grades 6-12,
exploring ocean environments
Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment: $50,000
to examine coastal and marine areas as part of the survey ``Designing A
Report Card on the Nation's Ecosystems''
Reef Relief (Key West, FL): $75,000 to complete photo-monitoring
survey that has identified coral diseases in Florida Keys and to develop
coral nursery at Sambo Reef
University of Florida / Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research: $50,000
to study origin of sea turtle mortalities on lower Atlantic coast and Bahamas
through the use of DNA sequencing
World Wildlife Fund: $50,000 to conduct biodiversity assessment of the
1,000-kilometer Mesoamerican Reef and conduct ecoregional planning workshop