Global Warming poses a major threat to Biodiversity, on land and in the oceans. If for example, the present rate of global warming continues, biodiversity hotspots like coral reefs, will disappear in 20 to 40 years.
The United Nations Environmental Organization has designated 2011 – 2020 as the “Decade on Biodiversity”.
For biodiversity, each specie, no matter how big or small has an important role to play in an ecosystem. Various plants and animal species depend on each other and the diversity of species ensures a natural sustainability for all life forms; a healthy and solid biodiversity is self-sustaining and can recover without external intervention, from a variety of disasters.
In 2015, Richmond Vale Academy established it's Diving Center and the Academy has mapped out several diving sites in North Leeward and taken practical action to protect against invasive species in this area.
Protection against invasive species
Lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific and is currently an invasive specie in the Caribbean. They have a colourful and dramatic appearance that make them popular ornamental fish in saltwater aquariums. However, over the last decade, the density of the wild lionfish population in the Caribbean has expanded. It does not have natural predators in the area and thus poses a serious threat to other reef fish populations across the region, as well as coral reef ecosystems and the people who depend on them. St. Vincent and the region’s fishing and tourism industries, which depend on coral reefs, are at risk.
Two species of Lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) are responsible for this recent and growing threat to the Atlantic and Caribbean reefs. Governments across the region are trying to respond. For this reason, RVA periodically carries out a number of lionfish hunts and awareness campaigns. Several meals of Lionfish have been served at the school.
Videos in Richmond Vale Academy’s YouTube Channel:
Diving in Saint Vincent - WE CATCH LIONFISH!