Battling the lionfish
in Bermuda

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Mission and Vision Statements

Mission

Mission

To conduct and support projects important to the future health and sustainability of our oceans and Bermuda's marine environment.

Vision

To be an important contributor to protecting and improving the health and vitality of our oceans and Bermuda's
marine ecosystem by:

  • Implementing an aggressive lionfish management program
  • Assisting Government with marine conservation projects
  • Supporting and collaborating with other projects such as:
    • Bermuda Invasive Lionfish Control Initiative (DPLUS001)
    • The Black Grouper Spawning Ground Project
    • The Blue Halo Project
    • The Galapagos Shark Research Program
    • The Sargasso Sea Alliance
    • The Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Programme's (BREAM) Deep Coral Research

How We Were Founded

Captain Maddocks

Graham Maddocks, president and founder of the Ocean Support Foundation, has long been involved in, and supported, local initiatives centered on Bermuda's marine conservation and research initiatives.

Over the past few years, he observed with dismay the increase in the number of lionfish seen around Bermuda's coral reefs and wrecks.

The Ocean Support Foundation was visualized as:

  • A mechanism to combat the lionfish invasion in Bermuda; and
  • A framework for supporting other initiatives directed at protecting the health and vitality of the marine ecosystem
The Ocean Support Foundation was conceived in the spring of 2011, and received its Charitable Status on August 10, 2011. The Foundation is now working to fulfill its mission with its core focus being the aggressive management of the invasive lionfish.

Advisory Committee and Board of Directors

Advisory Committee

Butterfield Scoter
The Ocean Support Foundation's Advisory Committee plays a pivotal role in helping the Foundation achieve its goals. Committee members bring a broad array of skills and assistance to the Foundation, such as providing advice and feedback on our strategies and projects, as well as fundraising support, including generous personal donations. Advisory Committee members include:
  • Local and international business leaders: Jim Butterfield, Brian Duperreault, James Gibbons and Robert Steinhoff
  • Naturalist, Judie Clee
  • Academy Award winning actor, Michael Douglas

Board of Directors

Chris Flook worked as the Collector of Marine Specimens at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo (BAMZ) for 15 years. During this time, he was responsible for developing the Bermuda Lionfish Project, an initiative supported by the Government of Bermuda's Department of Conservation Services. This first attempt at managing lionfish involved the creation of a special permit for divers to remove lionfish from sensitive areas such as known nursery areas, dive sites and marine protected areas. He is now director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Ocean Legacy Program, working with the Bermuda Government, nongovernmental organizations and scientists to establish the "Bermuda Blue Halo", a very large, no-take marine reserve to protect the Sargasso Sea within Bermuda's waters.

Alex Chequer is an experienced technical diver who has served as the Dive Safety Officer for Georgia Institute of Technology, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and Florida State University. He also has experience in marine science with a degree in chemistry from Swansea University, and work experience as a laboratory technician at BIOS and a laboratory manager at Georgia Tech. Alex is currently working for ORACLE team USA sail racing team as their safety diver and leads the OSF team of technical divers."

Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley is a marine ecologist at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from Harvard University where she studied reproduction and connectivity of stony corals in Bermuda. Gretchen joined OSF in 2013 while she was serving as the principal investigator for the Bermuda Invasive Lionfish Control Initiative. As a certified rebreather diver she is a key member of the technical dive team. Her current research focuses on assessing the biodiversity of fish and coral populations on deep reefs, and the overall health and resilience of Bermuda’s coral reef ecosystem.

Graham Maddocks is the visionary and founder of the Foundation. He is a deep dive specialist, technical diver, licensed Marine Pilot and owner/operator of Triangle Diving. He has worked on a number of projects such as the Black Grouper Spawning Grounds, Deep Coral Research with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), the Bermuda Deep Water Caves 2011 Expedition and other activities. Due to his technical diving experience and credentials, Graham is uniquely qualified to lead the Foundation's effort in developing and implementing strategies to protect native fish stocks as well as the reef ecosystem.

Ken Vickers is a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Instructor, with over 35 years of diving experience. He is also an International Association of NITROX and Technical Divers (IANTD) licensed Closed Circuit Re-breather (CCR) Diver, as well as an IANTD Advanced NITROX (IANx) and licensed Technical Diver. His diving experience and passion for the ocean will be a valuable asset to the foundations work.

Key Volunteer Team Members

Technical Dive Team

Technical Diving
  1. Rebreather Deep Divers
    • Graham Maddocks
    • Mike Gascoigne
    • Craig Nikolai
    • Rob Bruce Payne
    • Wayne Meaden
    • Marcus Cooper
    • Gil Nolan
    • Ken Vickers
    • Alex Chequer
    • Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, PhD
  2. Open Circuit Deep Divers
    • Geoff Gardner
    • Warren De Klerk
    • Corey Eddy
  3. Safety Divers
    • Jim Gleason
    • Stephen Harrold
    • Sam Bennett
  4. Boat Pilots
    • Geoff Gardner
    • Stephen Harrold
    • Russell Whayman
    • Forrest Williams Jr.
    • Marcus Cooper

Dry Land Volunteers

    Technical Diver
    Technical Diver
  • Paola La Tour - Communications and events coordinator
  • Lilybell Ng and Mary Lord Santos - Co-treasurer
  • Max Rost and Pavel Dubov - Website support
  • Helen Gardner
  • Geoff Gardner
  • Leah Cunningham
  • Samantha Tavare
  • Terry Ratzlaff
  • ....and many other volunteers