Oct
Dates
4 Days
Duration

Summary

A post-COVID-19 meaningful diving expedition to carry out a preliminary characterization of the effects of the covid-19 pandemic in the Raizal community of artisanal fishermen of San Andrés and simultaneously verify if the island’s reefs present the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.

Our Challenge

San Andrés is today a doubly threatened island. The Stony Coral Tissue Loss Pandemic (SCTLD) threatens its corals. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens its people and puts its health system to the test. Being an island densely populated by a community dependent on coral reefs, it is pertinent to establish the current health situation of its reefs and its people.

Our Solution

A joint work among the Colombian Navy, the environmental authority CORALINA, the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, and Corales de Paz to carry out a Development Support Brigade called “San Andrés Reef & Covid-19 Check”, in which health professionals and EcoDivers carry out COVID-19 tests in the population of traditional artisanal fishermen in San Andrés, specialized medical evaluations of 150 members of this population and the presence of the stony coral tissue loss disease.

Long-Term Impact

Information available to environmental and health administrators in San Andrés on the presence, magnitude, and susceptibility of local reefs to stony coral tissue loss disease, and on risk factors and comorbidity that could influence the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic on the island.

The Expected Results

  1. 80 COVID-19 tests carried out on the population of artisanal fishermen from San Andrés, 50 rapid tests (IgG, IgM), and 30 nasopharyngeal tests for the detection of Covid-19 in the population of artisanal fishermen from San Andrés.
  2. 150 members of the San Andrés artisanal fishing population examined by 12 medical specialists and professionals in the areas of internal medicine, cardiology, palliative care, dermatology, endocrinology, gynecology, hematology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, and psychology.
  3. At least five visual censuses carried out to detect and characterize the disease of tissue loss in hard corals in the same number of sites with coral reefs.
  4. Preliminary qualitative characterization of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on artisanal fishing carried out on the island of San Andrés.

Our Plan of Action

The event will take place from November 13 to 16, 2020. On the 13th, 14th, and 15th, it is estimated that 150 people will be attended and a census of at least five coral reef sites will be carried out. On the 16th there will be the closing of the expedition where we will present some of the preliminary results.

The island’s artisanal fishermen cooperatives will be invited to visit the designated meeting site in the morning where general practitioners will perform COVID-19 tests and screening for appointment assignments with the different specialists in the afternoon. The specialized medical consultation will be between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Upon arrival, attendees will be given a printed booklet with questions to be filled out voluntarily and with which the preliminary characterization of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on artisanal fishing in San Andrés will be carried out. While the patients are being screened, the divers will be conducting visual censuses to verify the disease in the corals.

All personnel linked to the brigade will comply with biosecurity protocols at all times to prevent the spread and contagion of COVID-19. In the designated meeting site, there will be improvised clinics for each doctor separated from each other, and with the support of personnel from the Colombian Navy to control the flow of personnel.

This is how you can contribute

You can contribute to the realization of this day by facilitating or helping to get accommodation, food, snacks, and transportation in San Andrés for medical personnel; diving tanks and gasoline to carry out visual censuses; and exposure in traditional media. Your contribution can be in money, kind, and / or contacts of those who wish or can also contribute. Contact us for more information.

Donate today to make this expedition a reality!

1

Friday 13 November 2020

08:00 – 08:30 Registration and welcome

08:30 – 09:00 Introduction to the San Andrés Reef & Covid_19 Check

09:00 – 10:00 Health and safety

10:00 – 12:00 EcoDivers* re-training/Reef Check 1

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00 Medical specialist brigade for 50 people

18:00 – 19:00 Recap and briefing

2

Saturday, 14 November 2020

08:00 – 12:00 Reef Check Surveys 2 and 3

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00 Medical specialist brigade for 50 people

18:00 – 19:00 Recap and briefing

3

Sunday, 15 November 2020

08:00 – 12:00 Reef Check Surveys 4 and 5

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 18:00 Medical specialist brigade for 50 people

18:00 – 19:00 Recap and briefing

20:00 – Team building activity

4

Day 4: Closure

09:00 – 11:00 Final coral reef and human health report and conclusions.

11:00 – 12:00 Closing Reef Check

12:00 –            Free time on the island


 Itinerary and times subject to change without prior notice due to weather and logistics.

We invite you to read some notes about our previous Reef Checks in San Andrés island. These are notes, reports, and experiences from our previous participants, staff, and others.  You can also find the results and infographics made with the information on coral reef health that participants help to collect. If you want more in-depth information please visit Reef Check´s online database.

Latest Notes from the Field

San Andres Reef Check 2019

Asi encontramos los arrecifes de San Andrés en su Reef Check 2019

San Andrés Reef Check se realizó en Octubre de 2019. Gracias a nuestros EcoDivers y nuestros colaboradores, logramos hacer por tercera vez consecutiva desde 2017,
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Corales de paz buceo con propósito reef check reef repair

Resultados destacados del Reef Check San Andrés 2018

Gracias al compromiso y dedicación de más de 12 buzos, el pasado octubre logramos realizar la expedición Reef Check San Andrés, donde se evaluó la
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Corales de paz buceo con propósito reef check reef repair

Reef Check San Andrés: El que es buzo con propósito repite!

El equipo Reef Check Colombia, liderado por Corales de Paz, realizó con éxito del 12 al 15 de octubre la quinta expedición de monitoreo participativo
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Infographics

These are infographics made with the information on coral reef health that participants help to collect. If you want more in-depth information please visit Reef Check´s online database.

Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2019

Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2018

Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2017
Infographic San Andres Reef Check 2019

Watch some videos from our previous expeditions.

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