The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund was established to help preserve and protect the marine environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands – an environment that draws so many visitors to the islands and is critical to the survival of the islands themselves.

One of its first project, in cooperation with the Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources, was the refurbishing and replacement, as needed, of the snorkel trail markers on the reef in front of the Coral Gardens Resort. The snorkel trail is an attraction that is well known and heavily utilized by visitors to the islands, but hurricanes, storms & algae growth has taken its toll over the past several years. This involves replacing markers and reef ball support stands and visiting the site regularly to perform cleaning and maintenance of the markers, reef-ball stands and marker buoys for the benefit and enjoyment of all visitors.

TCRF’s projects aim to protect the marine environment, but, given that the whole of TCI is a coastal habitat, their work takes a broad approach to management of natural resources. It works with several international partners and has been awarded several grants including from the European Union, including for the development of a coral reef nursery with partners in other EU Caribbean territories and a study to understand coral reefs off the coast of East Caicos.