Conservation – Coral Grand Divers Koh Tao http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com Dive Koh Tao - Experience paradise | PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:34:12 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Project Aware Day – 14th April 2015 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/project-aware-day/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/project-aware-day/#respond Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:03:46 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=25072   Coral Grand Divers is a 100% Project Aware Dive Centre. What does this mean? We support this dedicated non-profit organisation with donations, help raising...

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Project Aware Day Coral Grand Divers, Divers with rubbish on boat

Coral Grand Divers is a 100% Project Aware Dive Centre. What does this mean? We support this dedicated non-profit organisation with donations, help raising awareness by educating people and last but not least we regularly organise Project Aware Days. They can be anything related to protecting the ocean, but we decided to do a Beach and Reef Clean up for the

Project Aware Day on April 14th

After the Thai New Year celebrations, Sonkran, Sairee Beach seemed like a good place to start. As expected we filled bags with bottles, straws, cigarette butts and plastic. After a well deserved lunch-break a crew of 8 dedicated divers joined our afternoon dive trip to collect debris from 2 different dive sites. First heading to Lighthouse and then Twins, equipped with Project Aware mesh bags, our divers collected every piece of debris they came across. We were positively surprised by how little rubbish we found! Back on shore after a rewarding afternoon of diving, the only thing left to do was sorting through the rubbish, recording the data and ensure the correct disposal of waste. We would like to thank everyone who participated – you made a difference!

Do you want to get involved yourself? Contact us for more information regarding our next Project Aware Day and other future events.  If you are a certified diver, you can also directly sign up for an AWARE Specialty course. Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE courses help you appreciate the complexity of the underwater world and teach how you can help conserve these vital systems.

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
~ Ryunosuke Sataro

 

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Sharks in Peril http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/sharks-in-peril/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/sharks-in-peril/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:00:53 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=22951 We are emptying the ocean of sharks. Thankfully, divers are some of sharks’ closest and most influential allies. Project AWARE, together with all divers worldwide,...

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We are emptying the ocean of sharks. Thankfully, divers are some of sharks’ closest and most influential allies. Project AWARE, together with all divers worldwide, are creating a powerful, collective voice to lead global grass-roots change. You’ve helped us secure a stronger EU finning ban and bring about safeguards for highly traded shark and ray species under CITES.

Here’s why your actions to protect sharks matter:

Nearly one out of four shark and ray species is classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as Threatened with extinction and ray species are found to be at higher risks than sharks. That doesn’t even include almost half of all sharks and ray species whose population status cannot be assessed because of lack of information.

Why do we worry about shark populations? A healthy and abundant ocean depends on predators like sharks keeping ecosystems balanced. And living sharks fuel local economies in some places, like Palau where sharks bring in an estimated $18 million per year through dive tourism.

They may rule the ocean, but sharks are vulnerable. They grow slowly, produce few young, and, as such, are exceptionally susceptible to overexploitation.

Overfishing iSharks in Perils driving sharks to the brink – with many populations down by 80 percent. Tens of millions are killed each year for their meat, fins, liver, and other products.

By-catch– or catching sharks incidentally while fishing for other commercial species – poses a significant threat to sharks. At the same time, new markets for shark products are blurring the line between targeted and accidental catches.

Finning– Shark fins usually fetch a much higher price than shark meat, providing an economic incentive for the wasteful and indefensible practice of “finning” (removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark at sea).  Finning is often associated with shark overfishing, especially as keeping only the fins allows fishermen to kill many more sharks in a trip than if they were required to bring back the entire animal.

Shark fishing continues largely unregulated in most of the world’s ocean. Yet the future of sharks hinges on holding shark fishing and trade to sustainable levels. The best way to ensure an end to finning is to require that sharks are landed with their fins still “naturally” attached. Fishing limits must be guided by science and reflect a precautionary approach while trade must be controlled and monitored. Project AWARE is also investing in shark research and catch reporting, in order to protect vital shark habitats. We can lead change locally through innovative, results orientated action on the ground. And last, but most definitely not least, if you choose to eat seafood, refrain from a purchase unless you can be certain that it’s coming from a sustainable source.

If you want to learn more about sharks or the underwater environment, the PADI AWARE Specialties are a great way to do so!

Source: Project AWARE

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10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/10-tips-for-divers-to-protect-the-ocean-planet/ http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/10-tips-for-divers-to-protect-the-ocean-planet/#respond Sat, 26 Dec 2015 10:26:17 +0000 http://www.coralgranddiverskohtao.com/?p=18580 As divers, we are the natural ambassadors of the ocean. With the same passion that we have for scuba diving, we need to protect our...

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As divers, we are the natural ambassadors of the ocean. With the same passion that we have for scuba diving, we need to protect our oceans. For sure, this is easier said then done but just like climbers and campers have an ethic or code to live by – so do scuba divers. Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet helps divers of all skill levels make a difference when they dive and travel.

  1. Be a Buoyancy Expert

Underwater plants and animals are more fragile than they appear. The swipe of a fin, bump of your camera or even a touch can destroy decades of coral growth, damage a plant or harm an animal. Streamline your scuba and photo gear, keep your dive skills sharp, perfect your underwater photo techniques and continue your dive training to fine-tune your skills. Always be aware of your body, dive gear and photo equipment to avoid contact with the natural environment.

  1. Be a Role Model

New scuba divers are being trained and certified every day. Regardless of your experience level, be sure to set a good example for others when interacting with the environment – while underwater and on land.

  1. Take Only Photos – Leave Only Bubbles

Nearly everything natural found underwater is alive or will be used by a living creature. If you take a coral, shell or animal, you can disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of dive sites for future generations.

  1. Protect Underwater Life

Choose not to touch, feed, handle, chase or ride anything underwater. Your actions may stress the animal, interrupt feeding and mating behavior or provoke aggressive behavior. Understand and respect underwater life and follow all local laws and regulations.

  1. Become a Debris Activist 

An astonishing amount of waste makes its way underwater, reaching even the most remote ocean areas. Once there, it kills wildlife, destroys habitats and threatens our health and economy. Don’t let your dives go to waste. Remove and report what doesn’t belong underwater every time you dive. Make a conscious effort to buy green, buy local and, when possible, buy less.

  1. Make Responsible Seafood Choices

Overfishing leads to species declines while harmful fishing practices damage and pollute underwater ecosystems. You play a critical role as a consumer. If seafood is part of your meal selection, ensure you’re choosing sustainably sourced species and encourage others, including restaurants and shop owners, to do the same.

  1. Take Action

Scuba divers are some of the strongest ocean advocates on the planet. Now, more than ever, divers like you are taking a stand. Speak out for conservation, share your underwater images, report environmental damage to authorities and campaign for change.

  1. Be an Eco-tourist

Make informed decisions when choosing and visiting a destination. Choose facilities dedicated to responsible social and environmental business practices that include water conservation, energy reduction, proper waste disposal, use of mooring buoys and respect for local cultures, laws and regulations.

  1. Shrink Your Carbon Footprint 

Global warming and ocean acidification are putting your favorite animals and the whole ocean planet at risk. Do your part by understanding and reducing your carbon footprint and look for ways to offset what you can’t reduce.

  1. Give Back

Ocean protection depends on all of our actions, large and small. Investing in the ocean protects our planet and lets the dive adventure live on. Donate or fundraise for ocean protection to fuel the grassroots action and policy change necessary to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.

Thank you for giving the ocean planet the protections it deserves!

Source: Project Aware

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