WHO WE ARE

The Grenada Coral Reef Foundation GCRF is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Grenada on December 23, 2016. We are dedicated to protecting and managing coral reefs and other related ecosystems. 

 

OUR MISSION 

To prevent further degradation, and where possible restore Grenada’s coral reefs and other related ecosystem through the use of innovative coastal protection and restoration techniques, thereby ensuring sustainable livelihoods for present and future generations. 

OUR VISION 

To lead in the provision of holistic science based marine conservation programs that will improve coral reef health and resilience throughout the tri-island state of Grenada. 

Stephen Nimrod
President

Stephen Nimrod is an Associate Professor at the St. George’s University, Grenada. He is presently completing a PhD research. In 2007 he completed a Masters of Science degree (MSc) in Tropical Coastal Management at Newcastle University, UK and prior to that in 2004, he received a Bachelors of Science degree (BSc) with honors in Marine Biology from the University of Plymouth, UK. Stephen has been a research scientist at the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) at St. George’s University, Grenada since 2007, and his research interest are in the areas of coral reef resilience, MPA development and Phase-Shifts on coral reefs. Stephen has been working closely with the Grenada Fisheries Division, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other stakeholders towards the development of Grenada’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) program.

Andrew Bierzynski
Secretary

Andrew Bierzynski is the Managing Director of Best of Grenada Ltd.  He is also a Director of the firm Renwick & Thompson Ltd. Andrew has served in many capacities on public and private boards, including The Grenada Building and Loan Association and has been a Past President of the Grenada National Trust. Andrew is a social and political commentator, and Co-Host of a television Current Affairs Programme. He is also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland. Andrew has a lifelong passion and interest in conservation, ecological and historical matters. His company operates Tour vessels which use the Moliniere – Beausejour Marine Protected Area.

Dr. Floyd Homer
Director

Dr. Floyd Homer currently serves as the President and Managing Director of the Trust For Sustainable Livelihoods (SUSTRUST). SUSTRUST is a Caribbean not-for-profit, non governmental organisation based in Trinidad and Tobago that helps people to better manage the natural resources on which their livelihoods depend. Dr Homer's experience over the past 27 years has been through the coordination and implementation of international and national programmes in the Caribbean and Latin American region. He has written more than 85 technical reports, management plans, assessments, scientific papers and book chapters on topics related to the management and use of forests, wetlands, coral reefs and on other Caribbean environmental issues. Dr Homer also serves on several international advisory bodies and as a Director in a few private sector companies.

Patrick McConney
Director

Dr. Patrick McConney is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre fo Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. His applied research includes resilience, socio-economics and governance related to small-scale fisheries and marine protected areas in the Caribbean. Dr. McConney is a former Chief Fisheries Officer of Barbados and has coordinated the implementation of numerous projects in the Caribbean and central America.

Kirl Hoschtialek
Vice President

Mrs. Hoschtialek is an accomplished Tourism Professional with thirteen (13) years’ experience in managing, enhancing, promoting and developing tourism products and auxiliary services in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. She is the holder a bachelor degree in Business Management from....., and two master's degrees, the first in Tourism Management from.....and the second in Project Management from ...... Kirl has been a very active member of the Marine Protected Area Management Committee.

Roland Baldeo
Executive Director

Roland is a former Fisheries Officer with the Grenada Fisheries Division, and has extensive regional and international experience working with small scale artisanal fishers; he has been coordinating the marine protected area program in Grenada for over eight (8) years. Roland is motivated and has a passion for protecting and safeguarding our marine environment, seeing firsthand the decline in our reef ecosystem over the past three decades.

Dickon Mitchell
Director

Dickon Mitchell is an Attorney-at-Law practicing in the jurisdiction of Grenada since 2002, and  has extensive experience in representing business clients in Grenada, the Caribbean, North America and the United Kingdom in all types of contract matters. Mr. Mitchell is the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Grenada from 2007 to present. Mr. Mitchell has held various directorships on Statutory Bodies and Non-Governmental Orgainsations (NGOS) including the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association and the New Life Organisation (NEWLO). Current directorships include, NEWLO, the Jason Roberts Foundation. Mr. Mitchell is the Principal at Mitchell & Co. Law Firm which was recently established.

Michael McIntyre
Director

Michael McIntyre is the managing director and owner of McIntyre Bros Ltd , the dealer in Grenada for Honda, Mazda and Ford automobiles and Yamaha outboard engines. Over the past thirty years, Michael has been a dependable supporter of many initiatives to support the artisanal fisheries sector. He is a firm believer that if we do not take action now to protect our coral reefs and nearshore coast areas, then livelihoods will be adversely affected in the near future.

Dr. Christopher Jeffrey
Director

Dr. Christopher F.G. Jeffrey works with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration NOAA, and is a senior science professional with over 20 years of experience in conducting and managing scientific research in coral reef ecosystems, and communicating information to promote sustainable use of natural resources while minimizing human impacts to the environment. Dr. Jeffrey has conducted ecosystem-based assessment research projects in the continental U.S. (e.g. Channel Islands National Islands Sanctuary, California; Chesapeake Bay, Maryland; Florida East Coast and the Florida Keys; Gulf of Mexico; Puerto Rico; and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Jeffrey is a Grenadian by birth. His mother and sister currently lives in Mt. Granby, St. John’s

Scientific Advisors

Mr. James Finlay

Former Chief Fisheries Officer 

Fisheries Division

Grenada 

Mr. Paul Phillip

Former Senior Environment Officer 

Environment Unit

Grenada

Mr. Olando Harvey

Marine Biologist

Fisheries Division

Grenada 

​Dr. Thomas Goreau

President

Global Coral Reef Alliance 

Florida USA

 

Dr. Robert S. Steneck

Professor, School of Marine Sciences

University of Maine

Orono, ME, USA

​Dr. Georgina Bustamante

Coordinator

Caribbean Marine Protected Area Management Network (CaMPAM)

Florida USA 

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