Carnival Foundation’s $2.5 million donation is helping The Nature Conservancy make major strides in the preservation of the world’s oceans and seas.
Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, supports building, transplanting and enhancing the ocean’s coral, among other conservation efforts. The $2.5 million donation helped The Nature Conservancy with the following:
- Transplanting 20,000 corals in the Bahamas and U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Building new coral nurseries in the Caribbean.
- Installing new pilot reef enhancement structures to provide greater habitat for fish and a potential area for future coral growth in Grenada’s Grenville Bay.
The donation is part of a five year gift that began in 2014, in support of The Nature Conservancy’s global marine protection priorities. Their support helps them to identify locations where industry and community are most dependent on marine and coastal resources.
Maria Damanski, the Global Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Ocean Program, gave the following statement:
“The Nature Conservancy truly appreciates Carnival Foundation’s support for our global and Caribbean-specific oceans conservation work. Carnival Foundation’s five-year commitment to preserving the world’s vital marine resources – and the many benefits they provide – has a major impact on our efforts.
As we look ahead to the next four years, by supporting our Caribbean Challenge Initiative, Carnival Foundation’s support will help nearly triple the protection of the region’s iconic waters and coasts by helping conserve 21 million acres of these important areas. Through The Nature Conservancy’s Mapping Ocean Wealth project, Carnival Foundation’s support will also provide knowledge necessary to protect our waters and transform their management now and for generations to come.”
Roger Frizzell, who oversees the Carnival Foundation and the chef communications officer for Carnival Corporation, said:
“As the world’s largest cruise company, we have nearly 11 million guests a year sailing with our 10 global brands on the world’s oceans and seas, so we have a deep commitment to protecting and sustaining the environment.
We continue to be proud to support The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s leading conservation organizations whose crucial work to preserve and restore the oceans directly aligns with our commitment to the oceans and seas around the world. As we expected, given its great work in the past, The Nature Conservancy strategically leveraged our support in the last 12 months to continue its mission of protecting and maintaining healthy oceans and seas, and we know its ongoing dedication will continue to create a positive and lasting impression on the environment.”
The Carnival Foundation follows the example set by the late Ted Arison (founder of Carnival Corporation) and is continued by his son Micky. In the past five years, Carnival and their employees have donated more than $30 million to a variety of local and national charities. The foundation is dedicated to creating positive change through empowering youth, enhancing education and strengthening families.