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FUNDEMAR, “saviours of the seas” win RD$1.5 million in Brugal awards

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FUNDEMAR 1Last Thursday October 9th, the 23rd edition of the Brugal Cree En Su Gente awards was held at the Casa San Pablo auditorium in Santo Domingo, where the Dominican Foundation of Marine Studies (FUNDEMAR), based in Bayahibe won RD$1.5 million as the winners of the “Gran Premio George Arsenio Brugal”. 

DolphinsThe Brugal Cree En Su Gente awards are held each year in order to reward those organizations and / or foundations, who have made ​the most contributions to the different areas of society, such as; Development and Environmental Defence, Social Assistance, Art and Culture, Education, Community Development and Health.

While the “Gran Premio George Arsenio Brugal” is awarded to the organization who has done the most outstanding work, in this case the Dominican Foundation of Marine Studies (FUNDEMAR), who from their base here in Bayahíbe have worked tirelessly for more than 25 years to ensure not only the preservation of marine life, but also regrowth.

Among their most recent successes is the coral nurseries, which so far have yielded over 5000cm of critically endangered Staghorn Coral. Not to mention their dedication to saving endangered marine species such as the hawksbills turtles and the manatees.


Franklin Báez Brugal, president of the Fundación Brugal, handed over the prestigious award to Mrs. Idelisse Bonelly de Calventi, president of FUNDEMAR. “Receiving this award on behalf of the Dominican Foundation of Marine Studies, represents the culmination of years of efforts towards knowing our seas… “, said Mrs. Idelisse Bonelly de Calventi, who also thanked all the people who are part of this institution.

We are very proud and happy to let you know that both the Romana Bayahibe Hotels Association, presided by Daniel Hernández, General Manager of the Casa de Campo Hotel, and the La Romana Bayahibe Tourism Cluster, are within the partner institutions that make up the Dominican Foundation for Marine Research, so congratulations for being part of this well-deserved award.

Other deserving winners included:

Development and Environmental Defense

Fundación Dominicana de Estudios Marinos

Social Assistance

Oratorio Centro Juvenil Don Bosco


Dream Proyect

Community Development

Fundación de Corazón a Corazón

Art and Culture

Fundación Imagen 83


Fundación Pediátrica “Por un Mañana”


FUNDEMAR is an organization dedicated to the promotion of the sustainable use of marine resources and ecosystems through research, education, and the development of conservation projects. Staffed with a multidisciplinary team of biologists, ecologists, and educators capable of acting with scientific rigor and a network of service-minded local and international volunteers, the organization is able to mobilize its knowledge, resources, and efforts in support of its goals.

Created by Doctor Idelisa Bonnelly in 1991, it has since formed strategic alliances with national and international organizations such as: The Nature Conservancy, World Society for the Protection of Animals, Humane Society International, and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts, among others.

FUNDEMAR possesses the ability to influence and mobilize actions and opinions in key aspects of its missions such as national marine resource and ecosystem conservation and the protection of coastal resources alongside local communities.

The La Romana Bayahibe Tourism Cluster

la romana bayahibe tourism clusterThe La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster was founded in 2000 with the purpose to develop the La Romana – Bayahibe region into one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular tourist destinations and the launch of this new annual tournament is just one more initiative amongst many which the La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster is using to not only promote the destination, but to also make it more appealing to visitors!

About the La Romana – Bayahibe Hotels Association

The La Romana – Bayahibe Association was created in the year 2000 with the purpose to develop the La Romana – Bayahibe tourist sector, as well as promote environmentally-friendly practices to preserve natural resources and develop social programs destined to communities in nearby areas.

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