Posted June 7th in Marine Conservation
Whilst covid is a disaster across the globe, we’re making the best of a tough situation and doing something amazing here at Simple Life Divers.
Over the past year, our team of Divemasters and Instructors have been going through training with the Thai Government’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR). Our dive crew are now trained and qualified to salvage and transplant broken coral fragments, saving damaged corals and giving them a chance to thrive.
With the approval of the DMCR we’re piloting an exciting project right in front of Simple Life Divers’ shop front, which we’ve named ‘AlotMeant‘.
Here’s Haydon giving an introduction to the ‘AlotMeant’ reef project:
In brief, weather, wave action, human interaction and more can damage corals, breaking coral fragments from the main coral structure which fall to the seabed. These coral fragments would normally become covered in sand, silt or other sediment and quickly die.
Elaine from Master Divers lends a hand attaching coral fragments to underwater structures
Our coral restoration project saves these broken coral fragments and gives them a new chance of life. Our dive crew of DMCR trained volunteers collect coral fragments from the seabed. We construct and deploy underwater structures which the tiny coral fragments are attached to. We label, photography and maintain the coral fragments, documenting growth over time, and preserving and extending Koh Tao’s Sairee Reef.
Its a great project to be involved with and we’re already seeing positive results. Some of the coral fragments – especially the branching corals are showing encouraging growth, plus we’re seeing other marine life migrating to the ‘Alotmeant’ area, including lots of wrasses, porcupine fish and pufferfish.
Sub-massive coral fragment mounted using epoxy resin attachment method
It really is amazing, and once the world normalizes and travel restrictions are eased, you must come and dive the ‘Alotmeant’ reef restoration project and see for yourself.
If you’d like to get involved and support the coral conservation work, please visit https://alotmeant.com.
Every little really helps.
Transplanting a branching coral using zip-tie attachment method
Once coronavirus is under control, do come visit us on Koh Tao and get involved. And in the meantime, please do checkout the https://alotmeant.com website.
YOU really can help make a difference.
Haydon sporting the ever popular DMCR T-shirt. Join our project and get involved
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Whilst covid is a disaster across the globe, we’re making the best of a tough situation and doing something amazing […]