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Swim for Sharks 2014

Shark guardian.orgAn event we organise every year where we aim to make people aware of the decreasing shark populations worldwide, whether from by-catch or finning, the removal of such an apex predator can have disastrous effects on the overall ecosystem within the ocean.

 

This year we had great help from the organisers of Shark Guardian, Liz and Brendan, who did talks for everyone, educating lectures on how detrimental this could be if we allow it to carry on, plus the damage that has already been done, so a great thank you to them.

 

 

Swim for sharks 2014 We would also like to thank our sponsors from all over the Island, which meant along with the swim we were also able to organise a raffle with some amazing prizes, from this raffle and other small events we raised a grand total of 100,000 Baht for shark awareness.

Lenora making bins for plastic bottlesLenora's Eco Internship Experience

"Participating in the BB Eco Internship went beyond my expectations.

It opened my eyes and expanded my mind to the true beauty of our oceans and their immense importance to our environment. The program was educational, with the instruction being followed up with practical activities to immediately apply what we learned.

Lots of diving earning several certifications in the process was an added bonus. From working in the nursery, to coral charting and ID with plenty of time for fun dives in between, it was a great balance to enjoy all aspects of the program and Koh Tao. A fantastic experience overall. "

Written by Lenora (June eco intern)

Lenora and Nat on the boat

This month we are teaching more Marine Conservation courses than ever before! Book your place before it's too late!

BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course is the first of BSAC's ecological minded courses. The course takes 3.5 days to complete and includes 4 lectures and 4 dives including one at our coral nursery. The lectures covering everything from the ocean environment to current impacts to our reefs. You will learn how to ID fish and coral species, and gain practical experience in surveying and coral transplanting.

Marine Conservation course schedule July

 

The BSAC Marine Conservation Speciality Diving Course

  1. Ocean environment - in order to truly understand our aquatic environment, we must first know about the oceans composition and processes as a whole. All our oceans are connected, and one minor change in one ocean can affect the entire ecosystem.
  2. Coral Reefs - including marine identification dives and night dive. This is the most rewarding section of the course. You will learn alot more about underwater organism identification, including coral anatomy and biology. After this section, you will get so much more out of your dives.
  3. State of the reefs - Our oceans are in a rapid state of decline, and as divers we are in the perfect position to do something about it. But first we need to fully understand what is happening.
  4. Conservation - including two ecological monitoring, reef restoration and practical conservation dives. Here you will learn what you can do to contribute to conservation and preservation of our aquatic world.

This 4 day, 4 dive course is only 8,500 baht and includes course manual, all dives, equipment and teaching.

 

For more information and to book your place on the course, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nat in the eco labMy Eco Internship Experience - June 2014

The first time I came to Koh Tao, was in May 2013 as part of my travel around the world. I dived with Big Blue Diving and enjoyed it so much that I had to come back. A year went by and now I've just finished a month as a eco intern with Big Blue Conservation.

With the internship I've not only learned about marine biology and conservation, but also getting specialised in nitrox and deep diving, CPR training, how to be a better diver and how to treat our most important element in a way so the next generations can enjoy its beauty as well.

Nat on a boatApart from diving with whalesharks, turtles, black tip sharks and loads of other fish around Koh Tao, I've really enjoyed our nursery dives just out of Sairee Beach. The coral nursery is where I can not only feel but also see that we're doing something good for our reef, and with the teaching in BSAC marine conservation I've also learned that even the smallest things make a change.

With Big Blue it's very easy to get lifelong travel friends, my global dive family has extended and this month wouldn't have been the same without any of the people I've met at Big Blue, DMT as well as instructors and fellow eco warriors.

This summer has changed my point of view towards our oceans, and I can definitely recommend getting into marine conservation to everyone who wants to do something different while traveling or just for the summer. With Big Blue Conservation you get to see how the other two-thirds of the world live.

-- Natascha (June eco intern)

Nat with Big Blue friends

 

Shark Guardian presentation at Choppers

 

WHAT IS SHARK GUARDIAN?

Shark Guardian is an organization dedicated to the conservation of sharks through education, promoting research, and protection and sustainability of the marine habitat to safeguard the future of these amazing fish. One of their primary ventures is the Shark Guardian presentation, a multi media production for all ages aimed at bringing awareness to the important role sharks play in our marine ecosystems as well as our planets future and the need to protect them. It combines education on the different species, interesting facts, conservation and what we can do to make a difference in maintaining their survival.  

Brendon educating school kids

 

WHY ARE SHARKS IMPORTANT?

Shark have survived almost 450 million years, maintaining the delicate balance of our marine ecosystem. They are at the top of the ocean food chain and are vital to maintaining a healthy ocean balance and are an important indicator of our ocean's health.  They even indirectly maintain coral and seagrass which produce most of the worlds oxygen. Depletion and elimination of the shark population would cause an imbalance in the equilibrium of our oceans and have devastating effects on the earths environment. 

 

Blog written by Lenora (June Eco Intern)