Collaborative Team and Major Supporters

The Grouper Moon Project is a collaboration between REEF and the Cayman Islands Department of the Environment. REEF extends a huge thanks to the CIDOE staff for their tireless efforts, including Phil Bush, Bradley Johnson, Croy McCoy, James Gibb, Tim Austin, Gina Ebanks-Pietre, Keith Neale, Delwin McLaughlin, and Robert Walton. The Grouper Moon Project has continued through the years empowered by the first year’s success and the passion of project leader Leslie Whaylen Clift.

REEF volunteer project team members have included: Judie Clee, Thor Dunmire, Heather George, Dr. Steve Gittings, Tracey Griffin, Doug Harder, Brenda Hitt, Doug Kessling, Denise Mizell, Hal Peterson, Alex Score, Sheryl Shea, and Leslie Whaylen Clift. Drs. Scott and Selina Heppell from Oregon State University have been assisting with various Grouper Moon research projects since 2005. The 2010 Our World Underwater Scholar, Josh Stewart, has assisted with field efforts and outreach since in 2011 (as a Scripps Inst. of Oceanography graduate student since 2012). OSU graduate student, Stephanie Kraft-Archer assisted the project 2008-2011. Scripps Inst. of Oceanography graduate students, Brian Stock and Lynn Waterhouse, have assisted with field efforts and data management in since 2012.

Generous logistical support has been provided throughout the years by Peter Hillenbrand, as well as by local dive operators at the Little Cayman Beach Resort/Reef Divers and the Southern Cross Club. Brac Reef Resort has provided lodging support for education efforts on Cayman Brac. Cayman Airways has provided inter-island travel support. Grants from the Disney Conservation Fund from 2011 to 2015 supported field efforts, the Baby Grouper Adrift webpage, several outreach products, and the development and annual coordination of the Grouper Education Program. A research grant from the Lenfest Ocean Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts funded the project between 2008-2011. Funding for the acoustic work was provided in 2009-2012 by the NOAA International Coral Reef Conservation Program, the J. Edward Mahoney Foundation, and PADI Project AWARE. Additional funding has been provided by hundreds of REEF members. Wayne Sullivan and his crew of the Glen Ellen has provided generous field support since 2009. Raymarine Marine Electronics donated RADAR equipment to assist the CIDOE in their enforcement efforts. To alleviate the constraints of diving deep depths on regular scuba, several other sponsors came on board to assist in the project, including Divetech and PM Gas of Grand Cayman, Silent Diving of Brockville, Ontario and Shearwater Research of Vancouver, British Columbia. FLOW Cayman Islands (previously LIME) has provided 4G internet support for the live-video feeds for the Grouper Education Project since 2012, and Ocean Reef Systems and Ocean Systems, Inc. have provided technical support for the live feeds. Pegasus Thrusters supported the project in 2013 through the donation of Diver Propulsion Vehicles. Cayman Airways has provided travel support, and McLauglin Car & Scooter Rental has provided island transportion on Little Cayman.