Dive Tribe fights for our coral reefs and you can help
By Matias Berra
If you have been following the news over the past few years you will know that coral reefs worldwide are dying. Coral bleaching is a phenomenon that is happening all around the world at a speed never seen before, Pattaya has not been spared either. Luckily for us, Dive Tribe a conservation organisation has been making great efforts to try and protect, restore and repopulate the reefs in and around the Pattaya area.
Project Kho Rin is a community-based project aimed at restoring some of our local coral reefs and work has already started at Kho Rin island, a small tropical paradise located 1 hour, 40 minutes from Pattaya. Our coral nursery has been growing healthily for the past 6 months and we are always looking for new volunteers to come help us continue the good work.
Who is Dive Tribe?
Dive Tribe is all about marine conservation and imparting this knowledge back to the public thereby giving a greater understanding of how important our reefs and coral seas are in Asia. They have been working to protect reefs in Thailand for over a decade, and when it comes to marine conservation in South East Asia, they are definitely at the top of their game having worked with numerous universities and research establishments including SHEDD in Chicago, and shark research with Tasmania University. Dive Tribe were also winners in 2013 of the coveted Sea Hero Award sponsored by Oris timepieces and Scuba Diver Magazine.
Are you a diver? Here's how you can collaborate
Sadly this is not a project open to everybody, to participate you must be a certified scuba diver having completed your advanced open water course. Furthermore, you will also have to bring your own equipment (or let us know before-hand so we can arrange to rent it for you). However if you are a diver and want to join our effort all you have to do is get in contact with us at our Facebook page and we'll let you know when we are heading to Kho Rin next. It’s really that simple!
The cost of the entire trip is 1600 THB, this money is used to pay for all the materials, gas and logistics to get to the island and create the coral nurseries. We will provide the air for the dive as well as the transportation. Our high-speed boat leaves from Ocean Marina, when I say “speed boat” I'm not exaggerating either, we will be at Kho Rin within 20 minutes !
Get specialized training in coral conservation
The best thing about the project (apart from the fact we are actively helping the reefs recover) is that you will get first-hand experience in the world of marine conservation.
Universities and schools from Bangkok often send their students to work with us, so if you are a marine biologist or scuba diving professional looking for a specialization in conservation, this is a great opportunity to learn by doing, while working with some of the best professionals in the field:
How to build coral nurseries & artificial reefs, maintain "Biorock" artificial reefs, look after Giant Clam nurseries, coral spawning studies and culturing programs, mooring line maintenance and installation and much more.
How can you help if you don't dive?
As we mentioned before, for the time being, we are only taking certified divers as participants, we are hoping to change this in the following months. For now, here's what you can do to help us out:
Follow Project Kho Rin on Facebook and share the project! Since we are a community-based project it’s very important for us that Pattaya residents hear about us. In these modern, social-media driven days there's no better way of getting known than people learning about Project Kho Rin on your Facebook wall, so please share the message!
Learn to dive and join us! Take this good piece of advice, if you have never scuba dived in your life I urge you to go out there and do it! If you live in Pattaya you have access to very cheap scuba diving certifications. If you don't have an idea where to get a good deal and a good instructor, get in contact with Dive Tribe and they will point you in the right direction.
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