The monsoon season is winding down here on Koh Tao, and we are gearing up for a new season of marine conservation courses and activities. Last year we had over 120 students join our program, making it our best year ever. We are as excited as ever this year to continue with the momentum of last year, and add many new courses and activities to our Reef Conservation Program (RCP).
In 2012, we were able to add the sea turtle nursery to our list of activities, as well as the science program for the local kids. For 2013, we will continue both those programs, and will also be attempting to use our new tanks for the culturing of both coral and giant clam larvae (depending on the season).
In 2012 we published the EMP Manual under the Save Koh Tao Group, and this year will be adding several more manuals in the fields of coral and reef restoration.
We have also received a grant from Change Fusion and LGT Ventures, and will be purchasing lots of new scientific and water quality monitoring equipment, which will help to increase the depth of our research programs, and add to the data we have available for students coming to work on masters or thesis projects.
We will now also be able to supply bicycles and cell phones to our interns, and may also be getting some accommodation, which we will be able to rent to our RCP students at a discount over previous accommodation choices.
We are happy to see our program continually growing, and invite you to join us (or come back again) and be a part of our efforts to protect and enrich the local reefs and the society that depends on them.