‘Kerry Sea Designs aims to support organisations working to protect and educate people about a jewel in Australia’s crown, the Great Barrier Reef.’ The GBR is listed under all four natural World Heritage criteria for its outstanding universal value. It stretches 2,300 kilometres along the Queensland coast and includes over 2,900 reefs, and around 940 islands and cays.
‘It is an absolutely incredible thing. As it has been such a huge source of inspiration for me, I naturally want to do something for it!
A portion of profits each year, as much as we can afford, is donated not to Ferraris, champagne and an indulgent lifestyle, but to something that matters, something that will make a small difference to the world.’
Kerry Sea donates both to the Lizard Island Research station and also the WWF animal adoption program.
Lizard Island research station
‘I got to visit the station several years ago and remember a research project which was working out how fast Coral trout grow, by examining growth rings in the bones in their ears. Amazing stuff! We know so little about the Reef and the research station does a lot to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding it’.
The Lizard Island Research Station is owned and operated by the Australian Museum. Resarchers there conduct about 100 different research projects each year. From the research work conducted at Lizard Island, more than 1,200 scientific publications have been produced by Australian and international researchers since the Station first started in 1973. This valuable information is used by reef managers to conserve coral reefs, which are proving to be an increasingly vulnerable resource.
With more than 50 years’ experience at an international level, and more than 25 years of operation in Australia, WWF is the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisation.
6 out of seven of the worlds species of marine turtles are found on the Great Barrier reef.
Kerry Sea sponsors ‘Hector’, who represents the endangered green turtles.
‘Sponsorship is a great way to give regularly to help an excellent organization to work consistently to help protect the reef’
In some parts of the Reef, turtles like Hector are being affected by the fibropapilloma (FP) virus, which may cause blindness, immobility, the obstruction of internal organs and death among young green turtles. The virus may be occurring because of pollutants from industry or pesticides washing into the Reef. Protecting the reef has benefits beyond conservation – it is also an investment in the continued security of coastal communities and provides significant benefits to the Australian economy. Reef industries, such as tourism and fishing, which contribute approximately $5.4 billion annually to the Australian economy and support about 69,000 jobs, are reliant on a healthy environment