Foundation Project A.W.A.R.E. is proud that its pilot project in Wädenswil,
a small village on the borders of Lake Zurich, coincided to the first ever
to be conducted in Europe. It was very considerate of Todd Barber and Kathy
Kirbo from the Reef Ball Foundation and Prof. Dr. Richard Spieler to honour
the event by coming all the way from the United States to support us with
their invaluable expertise.
Amsler, both project adviser of the foundation and well-known underwater
photographer, and the DC “Baer Sports” formed the organisation
committee. They were greatly supported by many volunteers as well as local
entrepreneurs that provided them with the necessary logistics.
two reefs each consisting of 30 Reef Balls were officially immerged in
September 2000. The memorable and festive event was covered by many media
representatives from local and national newspapers, radio and television
Only after 48 hours the first signs of life were observed and within three months the cement was completely covered with underwater flora. Despite this early success the forms had to be moved after half a year, because the site originally chosen proved to be not favorable for the development. The change has allowed a very gratifying and promising evolution of the habitat ever since.
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