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Causes: Education, Environment, Federated Giving Programs, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Philanthropy

Mission: PROTECTING NATURAL REEF SYSTEMS THROUGH EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND RESTORING OUR MARINE ECOSYSTEMS THROUGH REEF BALL TECHNOLOGY.

Geographic areas served: Global

Community Stories

77 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Reef ball does it all...builds reefs, places them and helps save our waters for future generations.

Cheryl Lennon D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely think that the Reef ball foundation is the best thing ever. When I lost my husband 15 years ago, he said don’t ever put me in the ground where someone will cry and kneel . He was a very proud Navy sailor, and I am sure by putting his ashes back into the sea, and by helping save mother ocean , he would be proud. My coordinates are very special to me. I love you DOUG DUNN. Still to this day still to this day❤️

Jim M.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So often a nonprofit is about several people making a lot of money and doing nothing. That is not the cast with the Reef Ball Foundation, the ones that started the organization over 25 years ago are still working hard to restore our oceans and coasts. No one monetarily rich in this organization yet they have all received great rewards thanks to their efforts to help the corals, oysters, and fish. All while helping local communities take ownership in the projects and efforts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, amazing people, saving our oceans

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This amazing group of people are saving are oceans! Creating habitats for all sorts of sealife. Protecting mangroves. And the world's critically endangered coral reefs. Keep up the fantastic work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people who do an amazing job!!! Their work helps save reefs, oceans, and wildlife. Thanks for all you do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organisation making the difference to restore and protect reefs around the world.

Marjo Van den B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After a a tropical storm the shallow parts of the underwater environment took a lot of damage. No shelter for juvenile fish anymore, an exposed beach. Placing Reef Balls helped to restore this , the moment the Rballs were in the water the fish returned, we had sergeant majors hatch in the Reef Balls, they provide anchoring for youg corals etc. A very strong argument in favor of a Reef Ball Project is the fact they are working with local people, educating local people so after the initial training projects can continue locally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the moment we placed the Reef Balls in the bay of Porto Mari, Curacao, they provided shelter for all kind of species. Fishes, Invertebates etc. we aslo found all the coral species we normally find in the area settled on the Reef Balls.
We build the Reef Balls on location with the help of local labor and volunteers.
They became beautifully overgrown and form a nice snorkeltrail. Great artificial reef properties, neutral to the underwater environment offering shelter for juveniles.

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Alfred P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have involved with this organization since 2003, volunteering at almost every level of the fine and very important work they do, my involvement started when I was a board member of the Sarasota Bay Parrothead Club it was my position to organize environmental volunteer activities I could go on an on about the many things we accomplished in my nine years on the board but by far the most enduring by far is the artificial reef project our club accomplished, from fund raising to building the Reefball modules to deployment club members were involved with every aspect. I will forever be thankful to the entire organization for their help and donations that made this project that has been adding a aquatic home for so many sea creatures that have made it their home now for fifteen years.

John C.23

Client Served

Rating: 5

They recently did a job in Kentucky, where I live, and seeing this company from Florida come up here to help our ecosystem was amazing. Great company and wonderful people.

Troy S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you for protecting our shoreline, creating new habitats for wildlife.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think reef balls are a great way to rebuild our reef systems. Keep up the great work all you reef ballerz out there!

Cheryl H.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reef Ball foundation makes stuff grow underwater!! Amazing!!! They put these cool fish houses in special places all over the world!! Creatures like coral, sea anemones, starfish, and lots of fish, make them their home! First the smaller ones, then the bigger ones come and in no time an amazing artificial reef is born!!!! They are strong enough to protect shorelines from erosion too. They make it a fantastic home for all sorts of sea creatures!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Back in 1997, the Maryland artificial reef program was discontinued as a State-funded program as a budget austerity measure. My agency at the time the Maryland Environmental Service, took the permits and I became the reef program manager. We were a not-for-profit, self- supporting agency with no appropriated funds. We were barely able to keep the program afloat with donated materials and fee-for'service charges for field nspection and a lot of donated staff time. We then "discovered" Reef Balls. The Reef Ball Foundation worked with us to bring Reef Balls into the program. We worked with the Foundation and Reef Innovations and the Oyster Recovery Partnership to hold introductory demonstration and production pours and opened the event to any and all interested parties. We used a combination of used and new molds purchased at the non-profit rate with a grant from my parent agency. We also worked with the Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to test Reef Balls for natural oyster spat sets and in coordination with the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery, the feasibility of setting oyster spat on Reef Balls at a hatchery. Success on both tracts in conjunction with volunteer pours jointly sponsored by MES and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a natural oyster spat set on Reef Balls at an initial test site that resulted in a robust natural oyster reef led to grants to continue this restoration work. All this eventually led to multiple groups in Maryland and Northern Virginia ssupporting and and engaging in volunteer Reef Ball pours including pours at middle schools, high schools, junior colleges, and with community groups, environmental groups, and other interested parties. The Reef Ball Foundation has been a resource for technical support throughout these various activities, and continues to innovate with marine habitat restoration structures, most notably with living shorelines andvusing Reef Balls as offshore shoreline protection structures. But for the Reef Ball Foundation's support and technical advice for the oyster spat experiment and support for the initialnNES pour capability, the extensive use of Reef Balls in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay for oyster restoration and artificial reefs would not have achieved the robust multiparty engagement that now occurs.

Lynda Wilsey P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Reef Ball in 2005 when my daughter recommended them for an Innovation prize at the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA. I have been following their work and progress since that time. Many shores and habitats have been saved or protected from storms, erosion and misuse by the function of Reef Balls. Species protected and multiplying, fish nurseries encouraged and marine plant life as well as corals are literally blooming. Their work is vital in these times of environmental change. As a long time SCUBA diver I can see the positive changes.

JDM61

Advisor

Rating: 5

Working with a mexican fisherman comunity makes a big cultural changes

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Artificial Reef Balls gets Great coral propagation and incresed fish hábitat
Helps fisherman comunities
It is a not expensive tecnology giving a big enviromental benefits

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reefball has managed to develop a worldwide network of programs that set a high standard. The long term benefit the organization has provided to our oceans is transformative and all involved with Reefball should be proud of that legacy.

-S.Berry

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped build a living sea wall near my favorite area in Sarasota, FL. They helped stop erosion in the area and provide habit for sea life in the bay. In doing so they also helped preserve the area for humans to enjoy.

Larry D. B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to the crew of Reef ball Foundation, Eternal Reefs, Reef Innovations, all the contractors and volunteers all over the world who have helped protect and restore the marine habitats in their areas., as well as many all over the world.
As President of Reef Innovations and board member of Reef Ball I have had the great pleasure and privilege to volunteer and work on many projects all over the world for the last 28 years.
I started out just trying to do a small volunteer project off Cape Canaveral in Florida with a dive club in 1992 and now own my own business working alongside some of the best people in the world striving to make this beautiful planet a better place. The awesome people I have met worldwide that work or volunteer for the projects we do are special people with a pure heart to do whats right and they eat, sleep, breath this calling to protect and restore our marine ecosystems one reef at a time. These same people also help clean the beaches, waterways,reefs, plant native species, remove invasive and educate our youth and others.
These reefs do not have to be big, every single ball that goes in the water whether to provide mangrove, oyster, coral or fish habitat or even a breakwater is a seed that mother nature will paint as she sees fit to grow flora and fauna for generations to come. Every person that helped build that reef not matter if a worker, volunteer, or donor has learned something from it and knows they have contributed a piece of themselves and made an impact that will be here felt for generations to come.
I raise my cup to all these people and look forward to meeting and hearing from new ones that will join us on this journey.
Keep up the awesome work you do everybody, you are all special and our mission will make a difference.
from : ReefBallin Larry

1 OSHan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Reef Ball Foundation works with grassroots organizations to rehabilitate our oceans by creating long-lasting artificial reefs, restoring these systems back to a natural and productive balance. Their staff and team of world-wide, ocean-loving volunteers are true heroes of the environment!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! I’ve always been impressed with the positive impact Reefball Intl. has made. I appreciate seeing the successful program videos from around the globe that are posted to let us know what’s happening.

Shaye Gambrell M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The reef ball project has renewed my faith in humanity's ability to protect our oceans. I hope myself to have my ashes made a part of a memorial reef ball somewhere.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Reef Ball Foundation has been a generous support of my students and school. Three years ago we began an ambitious restoration effort in New Haven harbor once famous for its thriving oyster industry. We are currently in the process of building an artificial oyster reef using Reef Ball modules and lab cultured oyster sets. Our students are involved in every step of the process and I am currently developing a scientific diving program for students to support the monitoring of our reef. None of this would have been possible if the foundation had not donated the mold and all the tools we needed! Even after the initial donation they have provided constant support and feedback. I am incredibly grateful for their support and the opportunities they have given my students!

CSmithson

Donor

Rating: 5

I so greatly appreciate and fiercely support the urgent work of Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. Their efforts to restore reef ecosystems directly impacts the health of everyone. Thank you for preserving the most unique, beautiful, and critical places on Earth, -- our oceans.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reef Ball Foundation provides a great way for us to help protect the ocean and contribute with growing and restoring its marine life!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known and worked with the folks at the Reef Ball Foundation for the better part of two decades and in that time the work they've done is quite amazing. In these times of climate chaos, they are truly doing legacy work. The impact the Reef Ball Foundation has had on ecosystems around the world is immeasurable. As to the founders and staff, they truly are a selfless bunch focused on things that really matter in a family like setting. Commendable!
Burt Minter, Deep Blue Dive Services-Canadian Reef Structures.

2 H C. De M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a journalist and advocate, I have followed a number of well-intentioned groups and organizations and seen so many of them part with or lose sight of their sense of mission and core values. Reef Ball is an intelligent, innovative organization that remains close to its mission, measuring its success in quantifiable ways. I value and often rely upon their expertise and no-nonsense approach to conservation. Amazing team. Kathy Kirbo is an inspiration to me.

David S.18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The reef ball foundation has been an extremely important partner for CCA Maryland over the last many years. We use reef balls in our habitat and education program called the Living Reef Action Campaign. We work with students throughout the state of Maryland to make them aware of the value of reef habitat in the Chesapeake bay, and build reef balls to help increase the population of oysters, and the many other animals that help filter the waters of the Chesapeake Bay when living on reef balls.

We could not do this work with out the reef ball foundation's great products, vision and support

ccamd.org/lrac

Joe L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed the amazing work of The Reef Ball Foundation for many years. I am both impressed by, and grateful for their dedication in preserving our environment by restoring reefs around the world. The projects they organize and effectively implement are of global importance.

1 Hillary G M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a native Floridian, I appreciate the work that Reef Ball does in working towards better environmental measures for the coastline in Florida (and, of course, around the world). Whether they are protecting and saving the mangroves, coral reefs or finding ways to eradicate the red tide plagueing
Florida's coast, they are doing their best to bring awareness of these issues to the public as well as finding solutions to heal the damage of over development.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can’t say enough good about this company and the work they are accomplishing. As the founder and director of Coral Restoration Panama, we reached out the Reef Ball Foundation when we began. They were very open and helpful in getting us started in the right direction even though we were too “young” to be able to directly afford their services. They have continued on that path throughout our development years. Their demonstration of their true nature and their commitment to global environmental concerns is evident. Many Thanks.

Dan M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are changing the world and making the ocean safer for all marine life

1 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Reef Ball Foundation for many years. The great work they do around the globe is helping our oceans survive. There Eternal Reefs project is a wonderful way to remember a loved one and to help the environment. They were very caring and had a beautiful ceremony for my husband.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following the Reef Ball Foundation for several years. They do great work in protecting not only our oceans but our shorelines well. They work around the globe and are passionate about saving the corals and native shoreline plants. Their unique reef design has proven itself to stabilize the wave activity,grow corals and provide habitat for marine life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reef Ball Foundation is a wonderful charity to support. Their work not only benefits the environment, but carries an exponential benefit to local communities. I feel incredibly fortunate to be involved in the Reef Ball project at Paradise Cove on Grand Bahama. This project was completed in 2015 and is the largest contiguous reef ball reef in The Bahamas, containing over 300 reef balls. The installation of the reef balls on the south coast of the island not only serves as a viable way to restore shoreline, it also serves as a functional classroom for youths to learn about the marine environment. As someone who works with educating and mentoring young people, this project was, and still is an invaluable initiative to engage youths in various areas of learning.
I have also come to realize through firsthand experience that The Reef Ball Foundation genuinely cares about the sustainability of their projects through education, support and awareness, and for me that is really important. During the installation of the Grand Bahama project, we involved local youths in every step of the process from the start to finish. The Foundation allowed us to bring in student groups to assist with the preparation of the reef balls before deployment, the installation of the balls into the water and the preparation and planting of the coral plugs. We had community service groups, science clubs and college students all working on the project at various stages. The Reef Ball Foundation Chairman, Todd Barber even came on site to meet with the volunteer teams and work side by side with the children.
After the project was completed, we engaged local students to carry out coral growth and fish surveys on a regular basis. Once again, the Foundation assisted with providing expertise as to how we might go about using the site for ongoing data collection and connected us with the tools and organizations necessary to carry out these educational initiatives. The reef ball site has now become a popular place for school field trips and summer youth camps to visit, as it provides the children with a wonderful place to see marine life, enjoy themselves and learn about their environment all at the same time.
The Reef Ball Foundation is doing amazing work, and I am proud to be an ongoing volunteer for this Foundation.

Julie H.6

Donor

Rating: 5

I am thankful for the marine life conservation efforts of the Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. The education and restoration efforts provided by the Reef Ball Foundation are what gives the next generation hope for the preservation of this beautiful world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Reef Ball Foundation is an amazing organization that I have been lucky enough to be involved with. The positive impact they have had on the world’s marine ecosystems can be seen on a local level in many communities around the globe.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Saving the planets Oceans habitats, beaches, and Coral!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reef Ball Foundation is a positive solution to a global problem.
It is rare to find an organization so committed to helping our coral reef restorations..
I have snorkeled at their Cayman Island beach erosion program and it was lasting positive experience.The amount of fish and the beauty of new coral growth was immersive.
The fact that you save beach erosion in the process was a win win for everyone.
Reef ball recently help sponsored the film "Chasing Coral" and help bring in over a thousand high school students to expose them to the global problem of dying reefs.
There education program will help find tomorrows,leaders,educaters ,and researchers in marine lifeforms technology.
I am happy that Reef Ball Foundations has produced so many positive results around the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have collaborated with Reef Ball Foundation for many years. Their extraordinary mission to rehabilitate our world’s ocean reef ecosystems and their passion to protect our natural reefs using Reef Ball artificial reef technology, has made me very proud to have contributed to the rehabilitation of such a fragile ecosystem. Thanks to Reef Ball foundation for always keeping up their mission and transmitting to others their love for the marine environment.

Chuck F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following this great reef protection/restoration project for years. I am very impressed with the before and after results, one more way to help restore our suffering reefs and shorelines. I would love to see the south florida municipalities pick up on reef balls as a more permanent resolution to beach replinishment along with near shore nurseries.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reef Ball Foundation is an amazing non-profig organisation. Their effort and knowledge about reef restauration is needed to help coral reef managers around the world with their projects. Furthermore, it is always amazing to see new reefs growing and life going back to deserted locations.

Carolin G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We used reef balls in 1999 already to restore a reef which was destroyed by Hurricane Lenny in 1998. They worked great and I am so happy that the Reef Ball Foundation is such a success.

1 Jason K.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Hard working folks who are passionate about marine habitat restoration and education.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a local reporter, I covered two events where the Reef Ball Foundation's molds were used. They are a great resource for aquatics groups who are building or replenishing artificial reefs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Helping the worlds reefs is very important. Being able to give back to the oceans is a wonderful feeling.

Tony E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With so much damage being done to our environment on a daily basis, it's great to have the Reefball Foundation attacking the problems at the source. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; give the world a reef and you feed the world for.., well, for longer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

S Berry

I've always been Impressed with The Reefball Foundation's execution of their mission. Not only have they developed a thoughtful proprietary solution to a global issue, they've also instituted standards that create a best practice to restore deteriorating reefs. The programs they've developed in addition to their original goal of coral reef restoration: Improving mangrove habitats, beach erosion control projects, and the innovative Eternal Reefs program point to the organizations commitment to innovation and sound stewardship.
It's also a great example of a successful volunteer based program, and it's global!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Reefball in many different roles. Working a booth at an Earthfare event (met THE Captain Planet), Assisting with Fundraising (my first polo match) and other functions.

My favorite experiences are when I’m able to join a Reefball Team on site - working on Oyster Reefs in Alabama or on the coral table in Caymans or Antigua.

This is a fine organization that makes significant contributions to the effort to Save the Reefs!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a top-notch organization that is helping to save our struggling oceans and reefs. It's amazing to see how new life emerges as a result of these things. They organize local people and use local materials to make the reef balls which is good because the locals are helping themselves and have a stake in cleaning up the oceans that effect us all.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Reef Ball Foundation is one of the most amazing environmental companies out there. I am 13 years old, and I learned about the Reef Ball Foundation through Kathy Kirbo, the Executive Director, who happens to be my aunt. When I was 8 years old, I did a school report on the Reef Ball Foundation and was able to show the teachers, as well as students, how a Reef Ball is deployed into the ocean. Everyone was so amazed at how they positivel effect the oceans and beaches. Reef Ball has opened my eyes to the world of environmental science, and now I am considering it as my future career choice.

2 Tracie3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing photos of reef ball installations educated me as to the collaborative nature of this work. Locals in every country are full of smiles as they work alongside experts, casting, assembling and placing the product. Even more impressive are the completed photos of restored reefs. Amazed when I realized this small nonprofit in my town had so big a reach and impact around the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reefball Foundation is a global non-profit working to rebuild coral reefs. Efficient and effective in their work, the small staff does an excellent job of building relationships with local residents, using their interest and skills, as well as resources, in a highly collaborative manner versus a top-down approach, which has proven to be highly successful. Hands down one of the best run non-profits I know of from many years of experience working with similar groups.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hats off to The Reef Ball Foundation for their amazing contribution to the conservation of out planet. They are the unsung heroes of our oceans!. An innovative product is implemented by knowledgable staff and amazing volunteers who genuinely care about the future of our planet. Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ReefBall tirelessly restores ocean habitats that have been damaged by mankind's various activities. They work around the globe with various private and governemntal entities to recreate favorable conditions for coral growth, fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and other sea creatures. ReefBall has substantially improved worldwide quality of life thru their efforts to improve Worldwide marine ecosystems. Hats off to these very hard working people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization dedicated to improving the marine environment and repairing the damage to reefs caused by natural and manmade events. A worthy nonprofit for volunteers to dedicate their time to and for donors to contribute their financial resources.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reef Ball Foundation is an extraordinary organization, quietly doing vitally important work for our planet. Their reef balls are scientifically documented to restore reefs and to protect coastal areas, far more effectively than what some others have tried. They are careful with resources. Their staff are not only great at installing reef balls (and providing educational materials and activities) efficiently and effectively, they are individuals of complete integrity and commitment.
Since five stars is the limit, I enthusiastically give Reef Ball Foundation five gold stars.

2 Willicey T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is my honor and privilege to write this review. When you use the words integrity, knowledgeable,essential, and professional you only start to scratch the surface as to what kind of organization reef ball really is. I had the opportunity to work with this team of highly dedicated professionals over the last few years, mainly with a project in the Bahamas in which we created the first underwater sculpture garden. Their expertise was integral to the completion of this project. If there's one thing that could not be missed it is that they love caring for and protecting the environment. In working with them I got the sense that it was more than just carrying out a task but a selfsacrificing attitude towards the protection of our oceans. I feel worthy having had the opportunity to work shoulder to shoulder with this group of highly trained professionals. With out them being around to continue doing what they do, we would lose a champion in the protective fight to safe our oceans. The world needs more organizations such as reefball, we are one step closer in winning the fight to save our waters as long as they are around.
Willicey Tynes.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization sent their Chairman to our Venice Girl Scout leader's meeting, he gave a presentation and helped educate many of our leaders about reef restoration and get them motivated to bring the message back to their girl scout troops. One of the troops, troop 198, worked directly with Todd Barber and his organization and chose to make this project their Bronze Award. Mr. Barber took the girls to Mote Aquarium, explained the entire Reef restoration process (including tons of science, like the importance of the PH levels of the Reef Balls, what fish are best served by each type, etc.) while the entire troop took notes. He also arranged for the troop to tour the factory. The girls paid for part of the Reef Ball with money they made from selling cookies (Reef Ball arranged for them to purchase it at cost!) Mr. Barber and his organization also helped the girls get the permits to launch their reef ball and helped arrange for a boat!! The girls were so excited and really learned so very much! They earned the Bronze Award and were able to present their project at the Young Women of Distinction Ceremony.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have 15 years working in various areas of conservation and restoration of reefs, and with pride I can say that I belong to the family reef ball and I think his work is unique and it is the best technology designed artificial reefs, the design of the reef ball allows them to be used in different areas all with excellent results, projects that have worked in the Mexican Caribbean can be demonstrated the great contribution made to our oceans reef

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization has educated hundreds of kids about marine habitats while deploying over 700,000 reef balls worldwide for reef, oyster and mangrove restoration. I was a volunteer in the Bahamas transplanting coral onto an artificial reef and could see a difference overnight in the numbers of fish and other marine life making reef balls their home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the Reef Ball Foundation while I was with the Center for Marine Conservation in 1998 through their marketing efforts aimed at the dive community and developed interest in their efforts, both as a conservationist and diver. As a youth I grew up in the 60s and 70s in Indonesia and the Philippines snorkeling and diving then nearly pristine reefs. Over the years I have witnessed the devastation of this valuable resource worldwide. My experiences in the nonprofit world lead me to conclude that the most efficient and cost effective conservation work is done through volunteer driven efforts by Reef Ball and like organizations, as well as science based advocacy at the governmental levels. As a volunteer with Reef Ball I have seen first hand the positive impact that Reef Ball as my work with them has taken me to post-tsunami Thailand and to the hurricane damaged reefs of the Caribbean where I participated in all aspects of reef ball implementation and have assisted in Reef Ball's marketing and educational efforts aimed at the dive community. This organization is one of driven staff and hardworking and dedicated volunteers that needs to grow its educational and advocacy role and increase it fund raising ability and staff infrastructure to further maximize its impact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Several years ago I had the opportunity to acutally go out on a barge to watch the Reef Ball team at work. What an amazing experinece to witness the reef balls being deployed into the water and within minutes seeing the fish begin to swim within the concrete balls. Even more impressive is to visit that same area a few months later and see the visual changes in the water and beach areas. A beach that had begin to erode was magically recreated in no time. The Reef Ball Foundation does an brilliant job in preserving our enviroment as well as educating people along the way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While sifting through the thousands of files, videos, charts, maps, documents, etc. to organize for a website, I was amazed at the amount of knowledge on the world's coral reefs Reef Ball had accumulated. Their website is a veritable library of everything and anything you'd want to know about the Earth's reefs and the documentation on what Reef Ball has done in preservation and education is astounding. I've also worked with Reef Ball at various events to help raise awareness of what Reef Ball does as well as promote the amazing work it has accomplished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with the Reef Ball Foundation was as a volunteer at a fundraiser. I was impressed with the creativity of the event and the skill with which it was organized. I've never had so much fun working so hard. Later I worked with children at Captain Planet events. Not only were there fun and educational activities for the kids, (painting small Reef Balls was a big hit) but there were great opportunities to engage the adults as well. The Foundation provides a great supply of visual aids that spark interest. I was also struck by the quality of the volunteers that came out for Reef Ball. I got to work with a troop of diving Girl Scouts as well as marine scientists. Executive Director Kathy Kirbo has amazing problem solving skills and sees to it that your volunteer experience is enjoyable as well as meaningful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reefball Foundation is one of the most effective and benevolent nonprofit environment rejuvenation organizations I have ever encountered. Their tireless efforts worldwide have only been possible through the goodwill necessary to attract volunteer personnel and resources, and the environmental return has been much more effective and efficient than in most nonprofits we see. Their ultimate overriding and omnipresent goal of “putting balls in the water” translates to rejuvenation of coral reefs necessary to rebuild the critical economic base of coastal communities. From rejuvenating the Tsunami-torn areas to re-attract environmental tourism (such as SCUBA diving) to generating fish production in fresh water venues, to countering the ill effects of pollution, global warming, beach loss, and other hazards, Reefball has been a leader in mitigating environmental damage while taking into account the intricate biology, physics, logistical, and economic considerations of performing such projects in an effective way. I fully support this project in its endeavors.