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Conservation Projects

Current Marine Conservation Projects

IMG_9617Education and awareness raising are, of course, the first and most important steps towards protecting our marine environment. In fact, it is mostly our activities on land, not on the sea, which are harming coral reefs all around the globe. But, changing people’s behavior and the customs of whole societies takes a long time. So, in the mean time we also dedicate much of our time on coral reef research and restoration projects and programs aimed at directly protecting and benefiting the reefs around our island.

Every day of the week we are working on land or diving with our students, Interns, and friends to address issues in the health, biodiversity, and abundance of our coral reefs. Our goal is to protect or restore the resilience of our ecosystems, while also providing detailed and accurate monitoring and research of any changes. Since starting in 2007 we have conducted over 350 reef surveys, rehabilitated thousands of corals on our nurseries, placed down hundreds of artificial reef structures, released nearly 50 sea turtles from our rehabilitation and head-starting program, and so much more.

In addition to working on our own, we also team up with other dive schools from Koh Tao through the Save Koh Tao Marine Branch for larger projects and activities such as monthly clean-ups. Through that group we also work together with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, The Marine Fisheries Department, and the Thai Navy on various activities.

For our research work, we have partnered with two Thai Universities, Mahidol University International College and The Prince of Songkla University Hat Yai. We are always evolving and adding new programs or addressing new problems as they occur.

 

Currently, we are focusing our efforts on the following programs (click to read more)

"The Doctor is In" By Chad Scott (Scientists and the Reef)

Research and Monitoring Programs

 

Coral Nurseries and Artificial Reefs

 

Sea Turtle Headstarting Program

Conservation diving

 

Giant Clams Nurseries

 

Seahorse Research

 

Biorock Artificial Reef Maintenance 

Walking reef units into place

 

Coral Spawning Studies and Culturing

Program

 

Crown of Thorns Starfish Population studies and management

Artificial Reef Training Program

 

Mooring Line Maintenance and Installation

Land and Underwater Clean-ups

 

Drupella Snails Monitoring and Removal

Coral Disease Surveys

 

Land Activities

 

2014 project highlights

 

 

 

 

Also check out our articles and blogs to learn more about recent and past projects! And use the search bar at the top of this page to search for information on specific sites, animals, or projects.

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