As part of World Oceans Month, Outrigger Resorts has launched Ozone, a global conservation initiative which aims to improve the health of coral in the waters surrounding Outrigger Resorts’ beach destinations.
With more than 60 per cent of the world’s reefs under immediate threat, Outrigger Resorts will work with conservation partners to protect coral reef systems in tropical destinations worldwide.
Among the most valuable ecosystems on Earth, coral reefs provide humans with billions of dollars in economic and environmental services such as food, protection for coasts, and tourism.
“Ozone is an action plan that charts a clear course for Outrigger to make a positive impact in helping to save and protect coral reefs and ultimately the wellness of waters around the world,” said Bitsy Kelley, vice president of corporate communications for Outrigger Enterprises Group.
Inspiration for Ozone originated from Geoffrey Shaw, former owner of Castaway Island, Fiji Resort and chairman of the Mamanuca Environment Society – a group passionately committed to protecting the stunning marine and terrestrial environment of the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji. Due to his vision, guests of Outrigger will have the opportunity to help plant coral at participating properties, such as Castaway Island Resort.
“With more than 500 million people around the world depending on coral reefs, it is our responsibility to ensure their future – however, we are the ones threatening its survival the most,” said Kelley. “And since coral grows at such a slow rate, the time is now to make a change.”
The Ozone program will incorporate education and authentic interaction using in-room videos, on-property lectures, with guests also being able to be part of the solution by planting a coral at participating properties.