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Aruba’s Reef Care Heroes

(Photo credit: Castro Perez, Aruba Reef Care Foundation)

It’s no secret that our oceans are in crisis. Especially on a small isolated rock in the Caribbean like Aruba that welcomes over one million visitors per year. Keeping the beaches, waters, and reefs clean and pristine is no easy feat, but that has never stopped those dedicated to the mission.

Defenders Of The Deep

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead

On Aruba, one committed citizen in particular, Castro Perez, can be credited with getting the reef care ball rolling. A master diver, Castro began taking it upon himself to become an unofficial underwater custodian back in the late 80s. “I began noticing more and more garbage on the reefs,” he said, “And I couldn’t just leave it there!” So, he began doing regular cleanup dives on his own and then enlisted local dive operators and watersports organizations to join him.

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