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Stephanie V.

Location:

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale

Member since:

August 26, 2012

Please tell us more about your diving experience and certification level including number of dives made and maximum depth.

I have been diving for 25 years. I got my NAUI Basic Openwater in NJ and continued to my PADI Divemaster Certification in FL. I have numerous dives in South Florida and the Keys and I love to travel for diving whenever I can. I have traveled the most to the Caribbean and have also dived in Australia and Fiji. I have 478 logged dives. My maximum depth was 140' in the Bahamas. I currently do seagrass surveys and coral surveys for several dock and dredge company clients but I do not include these dives in my logging as they are usually 5' to 15' deep, around 20 minutes long.

Have you been involved with reef restoration or underwater archaeology before?

I have transplanted corals for my Master's thesis to set up a study group of coral heads to determine the effects of sedimentation due to beach renourishment on coral growth.

How much time would you expect to devote to volunteering?

I would expect to devote 1 Sunday a month to volunteering due to the fact that I am also a volunteer at my church.

How can we make a difference in our oceans?

To have an impact locally and globally I think we need to recycle as much trash as we can and use low phospate soaps, detergents, and fertilizers. These are the things that ultimately end up in the ocean and are damaging to the reef life and fish. Creating more coral nurseries and transplanting is a big step in revitalizing reefs in damaged areas. I think we should close portions of the reef that are over-trafficed to allow them to recover and grow. This is the methodology in Bonaire and I saw that it really works. This should be done in the Keys as there are too many areas of extremely damaged or dead coral throughout Key Largo and Islamorada.

What special skills can you bring to the team?

I am very good at fish identification, coral identification, I am familiar with documentation and monitoring of any type of subject, and am just very familiar with the reefs of Broward County in general.

Introduction

Hi, I am Stephanie. I relocated to S. Fla from PA 21 years ago. I moved down here to get my Master's in Marine Biology and never left. I have a 14 year old son who has been diving for 4 years. I do a lot of U/W photos and catch lobster sometimes.


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