Here's How JetBlue Is Helping to Restore Puerto Rico's Marine Habitats

Jul 9, 2019 1:40 PM ET

As Puerto Rico’s largest airline, JetBlue is committed to helping restore the island after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017.  JetBlue’s latest project in its100x35JetBlue initiative, which honors the popular reference to Puerto Rico’s 100×35 mile size and outlines the airline’s commitment over 100 days – and beyond – to launch 35 initiatives to support the island, is now underway.

JetBlue is working with (and offering financial support to) The Ocean Foundation, to help restore seagrass and mangrove habitats at Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, near Ponce. The project is helping preserve the environment and draw tourists and naturalists alike, boosting the island’s economy.

Puerto Rico is home to nearly 500 JetBlue crewmembers who support the airline’s operations in its focus city of San Juan, as well as in Aguadilla and Ponce.

100x35JetBlue included providing free and reduced rate air transportation; charitable fundraising support; donation and delivery of supplies and services to meet the basic needs of the community; overall reconstruction efforts; and activities to restore a sense of normalcy to those most impacted by the storms. JetBlue has focused on raising awareness for Puerto Rico to ensure continued focus on the island’s needs. The Jobos Bay Seagrass Restoration Project reflects JetBlue’s latest committment – rehabilitation of vegetation for the long-term.