Big Blue Conservation - Big Blue Conservation - Koh Tao

Beach and Underwater Clean up Events
Each month, Big Blue participates in Beach and Underwater clean up events as promoted by Project AWARE. These event contribute significantly to keeping our beaches and dive sites clean and healthy, and helps to reduce human impacts on these fragile environments.

Conservation Internships

Fancy learning all about the underwater realm, learning to dive, and carry out life-changing conservation work in a tropical paradise? Whether you are looking for a life experience you won’t forget, a career break, gap year, improving you CV, starting a career in conservation, voluntary work abroad or just simply looking to broaden your horizons and try something new and exciting, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for you.


The main objective of Big Blue Conservation is to do as much as we can to ensure that the island remains undisturbed by the growing tourism and that the marine life is here in Koh Tao for future generations to enjoy. As well as working closely with Save Koh Tao on larger projects such as Buoyancy World and Bio Rock, we are implementing a range of smaller projects such as coral nurseries and a constructed wetland to help clean the islands grey water, as well as contributing to global research studying the impact of climate change on this beautiful environment.


In order to achieve these goals, Big Blue Conservation depends on dedicated and trained teams of volunteers to help construct, maintain, monitor and develop our projects. So whether you are looking to try something new, gain life experiences, develop a career in conservation, or just fancy a break from the norm, our month-long expeditions will train you from never having dived before to knowing how to identify marine life and grow corals.
We offer month-long Marine conservation internships several times a year, where you will receive advanced training on all things watery, including coral reef biology, underwater survey training, coral nursery construction and artificial reef maintenance. Does this sound exciting??


Click on the articles below to find out more about our internship. Alternatively, if you have any questions, just send us an  email.

Specialty Courses

At Big Blue we offer a wide range of both PADI, SSI, BSAC, and SDI speciality courses aimed specifically at those who are interested in marine conservation. Some of the courses are specifically conservation based but some are aimed at improving your diving skills in order to minimise accidental damage underwater or offer the opportunity to learn skills that may be used in conducting research.

Packages:

We offer a range of discounted packages for combinations of courses. These range from introductory 2 day packages to ones covering several weeks, allowing you to choose based on level of interest, budget and time available.

Further Dive Training

Science Research

Monitoring

Regular monitoring of the reefs and the life that depend on the reefs is key scientific progress in  conservation and restoration. Marine Conservation Koh Tao have set up permanent monitoring transects at all the main divesites in Koh Tao and Big Blue schedules regular trips out to collect data.
We do alot of monitoring with a range of organisations, including Project AWARE, CoralWatch, ECOCEAN whale shark monitoring organisation, Save Koh Tao, Green Fins and Reef Check.
Read below for more details about each organisation:

E-Shark compiles observations made by ocean explorers (divers, snorkelers, fishers, boaters, beach walkers and stand up paddleboarders) to track trends in shark and ray populations. To date, over 1.8 million records have been submitted from around the world. The scientific papers produced using these data are often used to direct conservation, management and policy initiatives.

http://www.sharkguardian.org/thailand-eshark-project/

 

What is Swim For Sharks?

The main event of our Swim For Sharks fundraiser is a 3.4km swim around the neighboring island Koh Nang Yuan. Everyone can join in, whether you are a competitive swimmer or enjoy snorkeling! There are 2 different races to compete in: competitive, or fun swim.

In the evening we celebrate the winners of the swim as well as everyone that took part. The evening starts with food, drinks specials, a big raffle with many prizes to give away, and the Shave-4-Sharks – volunteers raise money to have their hair shaved into a fin-like Mohawk!

Indicator Species

Indicator species are species representative of a specific area which are chosen to represent the biodiversity of the reef. Each species has purpose in the hierarchy of the reef and if the numbers drop or grow to great can be an indication of a problem on the reef. The numbers of each species in monitored through a variety of means on Koh Tao by Big Blue and the data is then analysed by Marine Conservation Koh Tao.

Indicator Species

Indicator species are species representative of a specific area which are chosen to represent the biodiversity of the reef. Each species has purpose in the hierarchy of the reef and if the numbers drop or grow to great can be an indication of a problem on the reef. The numbers of each species in monitored through a variety of means on Koh Tao by Big Blue and the data is then analysed by Marine Conservation Koh Tao.

Corals

Koh Tao has a large variety of coral genera and growth forms, before we even think about sponges, ascidians and other substrates. This section is a brief introduction into those found in Koh Tao.