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Helping to preserve and protect the TCI environment

Our Mission

The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund (501c3) was founded by Don Stark and David Stone in May 2010. Visitors to the TCI for many years and part-time residents for the past several years, both Don and David have seen firsthand the challenges to the marine environment that the Turks and Caicos Islands face.  

Our mission is to help preserve and protect the TCI environment through education, research and advocacy.

The potential for over-fishing, the potential impact of major new commercial developments all present potential threats to the feature of these island that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year - its beaches, marine animals and reefs. 

The TCI Government is doing what it can through the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), but we believe more needs to be done to supplement and complement those efforts.  This is the reason why we established the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund. We’d love your help today!

2018 Accomplishments

  • Helped to raise $54,500 in hurricane relief funds for the Turks & Caicos hurricane recovery effort (2017).

  • Completed a project funded by the Cornell University Sustainable Asset Management Program (STAMP) which focused on identifying eco-tourism business opportunities for South Caicos residents and helped five individuals prepare preliminary business plans for new eco-tourism businesses on South Caicos.

  • Completed a comprehensive underwater survey of the pristine coral reefs of the coast of East Caicos to help the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) develop a management plan for the area.

  • Continued our EU funded coral nursery project with a total of 10 nursery structures installed (6 off the NW Coast of Provo and 4 off the coast of Grant Turk).

  • Renewed our Memorandum of Understanding with DECR to extend our management of the dive, snorkel and yacht moorings throughout the TCI.

  • Facilitated the participation of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in the annual Piping Plover Migratory Bird Census.

  • Continued our educational outreach programs with Clement Howell High School and British West Indies Collegiate.

  • Secured funding to initiate a coral reef health monitoring effort in the Princess Alexandra National Park and surrounding waters.

  • Secured a financial commitment to revitalize and improve the Smith’s Reef Snorkel Trail.