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So let’s look at what Big Blue Conservation has been up to over the last 12 months.

Big Blue conservation aim to continuelly clean and care for Koh Tao's surrounding marine habitat, with monthly beach cleans and net remavals, however we don't stop their, we started with a bit of investigation, exploring the Islands various artificial reefs, to then start work on our own coral nursery that continues to blossom.

We then had our annual amateur photography competition which was popular amongst locals and visitors, raising money for Shark conservation.new artificial reef 2

Then came the Koh Tao festival an opportunity for our dedicated staff to expresses their artistic skill, and co-ordination, performing a well-rehearsed dance routine.  Go guys!

Not long after we finished our dance off we swam for some sharks, in our annual swim for sharks, an event where those that wish can test their strength with a swim around the Koh Nanuang islands, or those wanting a well needed hair cut can with our shave for sharks. During this event we raised over 100,000 baht for shark conservation, and became a well-deserved Shark Guardian recognised dive school.

After this the year wasn’t over quite yet for Big Blue conservation, we took it upon themselves to continue developing their coral nursery as well as educating others on the importance of marine conservation.race s4s 70 x 52

Now we come to the final period of 2014 and we thought let’s make it more festive and fun than usual, working with local school children we designed marine based Christmas cards that were sold with great success across the island, raising money for the local schools.

Finally we tested everyone’s Christmas knowledge with a quiz that raised money for the local animal clinic, giving to those animals that don’t seem to have that constant love!Selling christmas cards 500x281

So I would say in all quite a successful year and hope 2015 brings us more reasons to thank the great Mother Nature and look forward to ways in which we can conserve our great environment!

KEEP SAVING THE SEAS!

A few words from our German intern Matthius.Matthius surveying the dive site

It was a surprise to work at big blue conservation – right from the beginning. Of cause, when I’m in SEA I have to dive again. But in that time I was searching for a place to work, some kind of volunteering, but never thought about combining both and work under water. My first thinking was: “I’m not made for it, that’s stuff for scientists, what should I be able to do?!” But what a luck that I tried. It is an incredible experience to have your desk under water, that’s is absolutely the best working place ever. But that was later. First I had to learn a lot. Everything I knew was from school – that was not much because Germany has not a lot marine borders and even less coral places and it was very long ago.

But it is quite simple. Everyone can be a part of conservation only by thinking about what you do and act like what you think is good for your environment. And adding to here I got the skills to continue this way under water with the most beautiful landscape in the world-coral reefs. It changed my view while diving. It is not only about these cute colourful fishes swimming around – there happens much more. All the tiny little processes that are going on all the time around you, the way the fishes are related to each other, the importance of an equal population of all and mostly the incredible role of corals themselves – I didn’t knew that and I didn’t realized before. Once I had spotted the bad effects of human behaviour to the oceans like broken or bleached corals, I have seen it everywhere! That was incredible and showed me that the reefs need the support even of those fools like me. Not only by removing the waste from beaches and corals, especially the work in the nursery showed me that I can support coral growing. It was beautiful to work there and to see how interested the fishes around have been in our work. I hope that they conquer these structures down there as their home soon. And hopefully more people try to take the same way like I did, when I was starting the internship to become an eco-warrior. I’m proud of putting my positive economical footstep down there and being a part of the puzzle to save coral reefs and their incredible beautiful environment.Matt cleaning the nursery

But still there is not only a lot more to do like this, particularly the beach clean-up showed me that not only people from SEA need more education about saving their environment and their personal effects to the global ecosystem. Nobody should let himself let off like this and use plastic careless and thoughtless. That means not only support recycling, it means thinking about how much plastic is necessary in everybody’s everyday life. 

Fishing Nets

Thailand like many countries relies greatly on the oceans and rivers for their food source, and so being a fishermen is a popular career to many Thai people.  Whether it be commercial for the masses, or just local, feeding only their friends and family, it will affect the fish populations, in some way.Fishing net at Chumphon P.3

The island of Koh Tao rests approximately 65km off the East side of mainland Thailand, and is the furthest North of all islands on this coastline.  The Gulf is popular for squid fishing, barracuda fishing, king mackerel fishing, and the fishing of snappers, all of which play a crucial role in this particular ecosystem.

However it is more the way they are caught that is really having disastrous and long term affects within our oceans, the use of trawler nets, purse nets, and long lines, which catch more than the targeted species and when snagged on the coral will be left at the bottom trapping more fish for during their lengthy lifespan.

So a solution may finally have arrived, a bio-degradable fishing net with a tracking system so each snagged net can be recovered for repair, or if left below, can then be triggered to break down at a productive rate.For more information on this new design look in to the Remora net.Fishing net at Chumphon P.4

However Koh Tao has yet to see the introduction of this great invention, so we asked volunteers to help us remove these harmful nets from our favoured dive spots, and with great success we freed the ocean from a few more net. Fishing net chumphon P 5

Great Job Guys!

The season of giving!

December is known, to many throughout the world as the season for giving, all basking in the jolly and joyful atmosphere. However during this time we should not forget the most giving of all, which is Mother Nature, providing us with the food and shelter we need to survive so richly on this world.Food chain presentation

We do not stand alone on this planet, we share with many others, some strong some weak. As humans we class ourselves to be one of the strong, standing tall above other organisms, which we use to own needs, sometimes not thinking of the fate we will deliver to ourselves.

So this season of joy, let’s take a moment and give a thought to those we share the planet with and to whom we must not use, but protect, as together we are a world full with so many different forms of life. From the Bee pollinating the flowers, to the Sharks guarding our oceans, they need our help.

This year we worked together with the local playschool to raise money and awareness to the importance of sharks within our oceans. The children designed Christmas cards with an aquatic theme, and then took time out of their busy schedule to help us sell these cards and raise funds for the school, as well as educational books, designed by the great charity Shark Guardians, which will be donated towards the school and other local schools.Selling christmas cards 500x281

They had a wonderful time and look forward to the venture this time next year, so great job guys you are true guardians of our oceans in this time of giving!

Beach and Reef Clean-up.

At the end of every month we get a small group of volunteers together, for our Beach and Reef clean-up. beach clean nov 500 x 281 

This month was no exception, with just over 20 volunteers we were able to fill 7 garbage bags during the beach clean along North Sairee beach, our most visited beach here on Koh Tao, and then we filled 3 bags of garbage from Mao Bay on our Reef clean in the afternoon.reef clean Nov 500 x 281

So overall quite successful and I would like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, that by giving their time to help, have probably saved countless marine lives. beach clean volunteers 500 x 281

THANKS GUYS!