Thursday, June 21, 2012

Directions to ISD La Parguera Paddleboard Race!

Click on the image below and download it to serve as directions to the ISD La Parguera Benefit Paddleboard race being run by the Surfing Federation of Puerto Rico, Surfrider Foundation Rincon, the Department of Marine Sciences Student Association, and Aleli Tours.

Friday, May 18, 2012

International Surfing Day Benefit Paddleboard Race in La Parguera

The surfing and SUP community from around Puerto Rico are invited to participate in the island's International Surfing Day 2012 event being held as a paddleboard race in La Parguera, Puerto Rico, on June 23rd, at 9 am.  This event is being organized by the Surfing Federation of Puerto Rico and the Rincon chapter of the Surfrider Foundation to raise funds to help protect Puerto Rico's oceans, waves, beaches, and reefs for the enjoyment of all people through conservation, activism, research, and education.  Proceeds from the race will help benefit the Rincon chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and their volunteer driven water quality monitoring, reef restoration, and outreach and education programs.  Funds will also help booster the Surfing Federation of Puerto Rico to enhance the sport of surfing on the island.  International Surfing Day is a worldwide celebration of the sport of surfing and an opportunity to give back to our coastal environments.  Founded in 2005 by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine, International Surfing Day has gone from just a handful of local observances in the United States to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide.  For more information on International Surfing Day,   visit

La Federacion de Surfing de Puerto Rico junto con el capitulo de Rincon de Surfrider Foundation invita a toda la comunidad de surfing y SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) a participar de "La Parguera Stand Up Paddleboard Race" como evento oficial del Dia Internacional del Surfing 2012.  Este se llevara a cabo el sabado 23 de junio de 2012 a las 9:00am (registros comienzan a las 7:30am) en las facilidades de Aleli Tours, La Pargura, Puerto Rico.  Los fondos recaudados seran dirigidos a promover programas educatios, investigaciones, restauraciones de arrecifes  y activismos para la conservacion de nuestros mares y sus recursos naturales y a la vez seguir creciendo el deporte del surfing en Puerto Rico.  El Dia Internacional del Surfing es una celebracion a nivel mundial fundada en el 2005 por Surfrider Foundation y Surfers Magazine,  para promover el deporte del surfing  y a su vez brindar una oportunidad para dar de nosotros a nuestas costas.  Esta celebracion hoy dia ha pasado de ser una actividad local a mas de 500 eventos en mas de 30 paises a nivel mundial.  Para mas informacion sobre International Surfing Day, puede visitar la pagina 

Lugar/Location:  Aleli Tours, La Parguera, Puerto Rico

Elite 7 miles
Open 3 miles

Cuando/When:  June 23rd 2012
Registros comienzan a las 7:00
Registration begins at 7:00 am
Corrar comienzan a las 9:00
Race begins at 9:00 am

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Paddleboard Eco-tours in the La Parguera Nature Reserve with Aleli Tours

Aleli Eco-tours in La Parguera has partnered with the chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in Rincon where Aleli will donate a portion of the costs associated with the tour to the chapter's water quality monitoring program, reef restoration efforts, ban the plastic bag initiative, outreach and education efforts, and general operating costs.  The guided tours are offered to groups of 4 to 6 people and include paddleboards, a 2 hour tour, boat-taxi back to the dock, snacks and beverages.  Click here to see the Aleli Eco-tours trip report blog with photos from recent outings.  To set up your tour call Aleli at 787-390-6086 or 787-436-8300 or visit Aleli's site. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mark your Calendars! Environmental Benefit Dinner 12.17.2011

Next Saturday (12/17) from 5 to 9 at the Balneario!  There will be great food including a pig roast!  All proceeds will benefit the various programs the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is working on.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A 5K Dolphinfish

This is the largest dolphinfish to be tagged with a satellite tag and first ever off of San Juan, PR (photo:Wessley Merten)

On Thursday, November 17th, 2011, at 1:10 pm, the Dolphinfish Research Program achieved another milestone and continued to fulfill its research objectives by successfully tagging and releasing a 51.5" (~45 lb.) male dolphinfish approximately 19.5 miles NNW off of San Juan with a satellite pop-off tag (PSAT).  This is the 12th tag to be deployed on a dolphinfish in the western north Atlantic and the 1st ever off of San Juan, PR; this is the second dolphinfish to be tagged off of Puerto Rico.   This milestone was only achieved through the dedication and assistance of Captain Manuel Botello, Irvin Baez, and Alexis Alfalla, local sport and recreational fishermen, who have been participating in the program on the island since 2008.  Click here to read more about the importance of this research and what researchers hope to discover by deploying a 5 thousand dollar instrument on this fish. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Going Snorkeling? Check your sunscreen label first!

Coral bleaching linked to sunscreen chemicals:

Mineral sunblock tends to protect better, is gentler on skin as well as the environment. There are even "reef safe" formulas now designed to protect the habitats we love to enjoy while in the sun.

Check the Evironmental Working Group's site for a full list of eco-conscious sunscreens, updated yearly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Get Meaningful Stuff Done while on the Computer

We all love the computer. Facebook, cool websites, shows, movies...anything we want is instantly brought in front of our eyes just with a few clicks and taps on the keyboard.

Well here's a way to help the environment, sea turtles, and the island of Puerto Rico, all in the comfort of your own home.

Sign this petition: Protejamos nuestra vida marina y nuestra economia!
** We protect our marine life and our economy!!

It takes 8 seconds, and makes a difference to have a collective voice demanding care and consideration for our oceans.
Las bolsas plásticas son responsables de la muerte de más de 100,000 animales marinos cada año, incluyendo delfines, ballenas y tortugas.

Las bolsas también representan un gasto económico enorme a los comercios, los cuales tienen que pasar los costos a los consumidores.

Plastic Bags are responsible for the death of more than 100,000 marine animals every year. This includes dolphins, whales, and turtles.

Plastic Bags also represent an enormous economic comercial loss, which means the loss is passed on to consumers. Like you!

For more information, check out the Campus Verde website. There have a lot of good information posted about programs such as recycling in your area as well as island events in support of conservation and environmental programs.

As always, use for help with Spanish translations.

Enjoy your day! Please pass this petition on to your friends! Use e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter! The more support, the better.