July 14,2003

Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile

Aquaculture Department

Marine Ranching Department

Javier Alvarez

via email


Dear Javier,


It gives me great pleasure to accept the Aquaculture Deparment of the Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile into the Reef Ball Foundation’s grant programs, Reefs Around the World. We place a high priority on education and research programs and your letter demonstrates that your organization places a strong emphasis on both. Your application demonstrates that you have put a great deal of thought and work in planning the project and this area makes an interesting research project.


In keeping with the grant requirements, we require a monitoring program-two monitoring  updates per year for three years and please send us any press/newsletters relating to the Reef Balls.(Please see grant requirements and the benefits you are now eligible for on our website:www.reefball.org) As you are developing your program, we are keen on community collaboration and educational components that help raise awareness to the importance of the our reef systems and marine habitat. From experience, we have found that adding these components adds greater life to the project as the community gets ownership in the project. Please contact us when you are ready to proceed, so we can help you determine the best course for your project.


We are excited about our new partnership with the Universidad Catolica del Norte and developing a stellar education and research program. Please contact Todd Barber or myself if you have any further questions. We look forward to working with your organization.






Katherine Kirbo

Executive Director,

The Reef Ball Foundation