“Our Ocean, our responsibility”
Coral Reefs cover less than 2% of the ocean floor but support 25% of all marine life. They are the most biologically diverse ecosystems on earth, and also one of the most threatened. All over the world reefs are in decline, and scientists with the UN estimate that most could be lost as soon as 2050. Protection, conservation, and restoration are all essential to save what reefs we still have left.
Have you ever wondered where statistics like these come from, or what can be done to help?
Marine conservation has been at the heart of our Koh Tao dive school since it was started over 15 years ago. The New Heaven Reef Conservation Program (NHRCP) was founded at our dive school in 2007 to teach divers about coral reef ecology, research, and restoration. We believe that the people most closely connected to the reef should be the ones that care for it, and so are trying to get more and more divers involved in marine education and conservation. Through various ongoing marine projects and ocean monitoring studies we engages in the many facets of marine conservation Thailand has to offer.
The program is designed to give participants a hands-on approach to learning about the coral reef environment and a wide range of research and restoration techniques used by professionals around the world. Reef research and monitoring is the only way to get a true idea of what the problems are and what needs to be done to alleviate them. After the problem has been identified we can start to reduce the damage with various coral restoration activities.
After finishing the reef conservation course, participants will have a greater understanding of coral ecosystems and the threats to them, and learn new diving and underwater skills. The courses are broken down to accommodate those wishing to try things out for 3 days, or to write a thesis or earn valuable job training over the course of 6 months.
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