Helping to preserve and protect the TCI environment
The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund was founded by Don Stark and David Stone in May 2010. Visitors to the TCI for many years and part-time residents for the past several years, both Don and David have seen firsthand the challenges to the marine environment that the Turks and Caicos Islands face. The potential for over-fishing, the potential impact of major new commercial developments all present potential threats to the feature of these island that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors each year - its beaches, marine animals and reefs. The TCI Government is doing what it can through the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), but we believe more needs to be done to supplement and complement those efforts. This is the reason why Don and David established the Turks and Caicos Reef Fund.
Don Stark, Co-Founder, TCRF
Don Stark, Producer, Director and Videographer
Since becoming a certified diver in 1988, Mr. Stark’s passion for the sport and for the beauty of the underwater world has guided him toward a career capitalizing on both these interests. His dive travels have allowed him to view and appreciate the diverse diving experiences offered by a wide variety of locales throughout the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii, Bahamas, U.S. East Coast and the Pacific Coast of North America from Vancouver Island to San Diego. As an underwater videographer since 1992, Mr. Stark has focused his work on capturing the unique characteristics and beauty of each dive locale, with much of that effort today focused on the marine environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
In addition to being an experienced diver and underwater videographer, Mr. Stark is an award-winning producer, director and editor. Since founding ScubaVision Productions he has won ten awards for both his underwater and above water productions. He is also a PADI certified Open Water Scuba Instructor.
David Stone, Co-Founder, TCRF
David Stone, Photographer, Naturalist and Diver
For over 30 years, David M. Stone was a professional nature photographer specializing in plants and landscapes. His work has been featured in virtually every plant, garden and landscaping magazine as well as Audubon Field Guides and National Geographic Filmstrips. In addition, David was the principle photographer for The Victory Garden Landscape Guide published by Little, Brown. His most recent photography can be seen in The Lionfish Cookbook published by REEF in December 2010. David is also the founder of Photographic Solutions, an international company based in Florida that specializes in photographic cleaning products for both still and digital photographers.
In December 2016, David resigned from the TCRF for personal reasons, but continues to encourage and support the organization.