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SWIM 4 SHARKS 2017

Sorry for the delay, but here is a round-up of what happened and the success of that amazing day.

Well we had an awesome opening ceremony with help from some of the islands officials and started the day off with a gourmet breakfast.

Whilst this was happening we had people queuing to join us for the swim and the raffle ticket and T-shirt counter was constantly busy.

We closed the swimming registration at 12 am with a total of 53 people that would be swimming round Koh Nanyuang for Sharks.SWIM 4 SHARKS 2017 2 500X281

Then at 2 pm the competitive swimmers set of with the winner completing the race in well under an hour, then the leisure snorkelers set of at 2:30 pm and enjoyed a relaxed swim around 3 famous islands.

We then got back to the island for 4 pm, and then at 5:30 pm we enjoyed a Shark presentation from Shark Guardian, and SSI Shark Ecology diver.

Of which SSI kindly donated the certification of Shark ecology diver to anyone that participated in the morning and afternoon activities.

After the presentation we then proceeded to party the night away, with help of our local Diza beach bar. We had a live a DJ, BBQ, head shaving, Raffle prizes, and even Shark tattoo.   The night finished at around midnight, and from some of the pictures you can see it was enjoyed by many.

Well we did all of this for Sharks. They play such an important part in ecosystems, of the oceans. We cannot afford to see them suufer and ultimately disappear. So with the help of all our sponsors, volunteers, and general public I am happy to inform you that we raised a whopping 155,000 Thai Baht. That will be split between the two charities.SWIM 4 SHARKS 2017 3 500X281

Sea Shepherd Australia, who will put this money towards protecting the sharks living within the oceans, and then Shark Guardian. Who will travel around Thailand and other Asian countries, visiting schools and businesses helping people to understand the importance of sharks and why the protection of them is so important. So a huge thank you to everyone involved. 

 

EARTH DAY!Earth day 2017 70 x 70

Well we did it again, with another great community event.  On 22nd April 2017 over 50 Dive schools, 50 businesses, the local government, and over 500 volunteers came together to make a difference.

A day dedicated to the well fair of our home and all the life within, Earth day has been celebrated for over 40 years, a day where people do what they can to improve the health of the planet and educate others on how to do more to care for are home.Earth day Poster 2017

So how did we get on, well the land clean-up was a great success, with over 300 volunteers cleaning both the beaches, and the roads we collected over 1,500 Kg of trash collected. Then with a total of 20 Dive boats and another 200 Volunteers we removed another 500 Kg of trash from the ocean.Earth day 2017

Along with the island wide clean-up we also held an evening event where we raised over 400,000 Thai Baht, and this year the funds raised will be going towards establishing a local trash sorting and recycling facilities, plus supplying more environmentally products to the businesses on the island.

So to wrap it up, we would like to thank all the volunteers that helped that day. The community of Koh Tao did it again…………….

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WELL DONE EVERYONE!

“EARTH DAY”

Coping with disaster

After a joyous festive season, the gulf of Thailand was hit by severe rain fall. Leading to mass flooding throughout the south of Thailand, and including our small little paradise island of Koh Tao.

The rain hit hard and fast, too much for the infrastructure of the island to cope with, as a result creating flash floods that engulfed the lower areas of the island.  Homes, businesses, and beaches were completed devastated by the floods. The floods January 2017

This lead to mass damage and garbage run off, that if left unattended good of resulted in permanent damage to the surrounding environment.

So we needed to come together as a community and restore the island to its former glory.   This took time and the help of many volunteers both local and tourists, working together we did land clean ups and ocean clean ups for several days after the rains had subsided.

The island has now recovered and so we have a happy ending, however that is not always the case for others hit around the world by unusual weather tragedies.

These strange weather occurrences have become more frequent in recent years, as a result in the overall rise in atmospheric temperature.  Global Warming!  A significant rise in temperature can alter ocean currents, ultimately altering weather patterns that can lead to some of the extreme weather disasters we are seeing today.Eco day land clean up January 2017

So how could we prevent this tragedy from occurring again?  Well as we continue to burn fossil fuels and destroy our oceans and rain forests, there is little we can do as a population. However as an individual just by walking to work, eating less meat, and saving water you’re already helping so much. 

Pre Valentine Charity Auction

So the now annual Pre Valentines Charity auction was once again a great success, raising a total of 38,000 Thai Baht from just one night of bidding on the islands most eligible bachelors.Charity Auction 2017 500x281

We had a change of location from our previous events, however that didn’t stop our amazing volunteers putting themselves up for auction, and some hungry bidders looking to grab a hottie for valentine. All the money raised from the event will be going to two awesome charities, our local animal clinic, and the international charity Sea Shepherd.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers and bidders from that night, making it once again a night to remember……

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http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/

http://www.kohtaoanimalclinic.org/

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So another year over and so how did we do?

new year post

Over 150,000 THB in funds raised for charities.

Removal of approx. 5,000 Drupella snails from the local reef.

5 new additional structures to the local artificial reef.

16 new BSAC Marine conservationists certified.

6 new SSI Shark divers certified.

Over 40 beach and reef clean ups, removing tons of trash from land and sea.

With the constant perils our world faces I would be happy to say that the work done by our volunteers throughout the year was a great effort, and here at Big Blue Conservation we will continue to wage war against environmental destruction.

 

So overall I would say it went well, with  the help of many volunteers we were able to achieve so much and with more joining us in 2017 I would say bring it on.new year post poster

So another year over and so how did we do?

Over 150,000 THB in funds raised for charities.

Removal of approx. 5,000 Drupella snails from the local reef.

5 new additional structures to the local artificial reef.

16 new BSAC Marine conservationists certified.

6 new SSI Shark divers certified.

Over 40 beach and reef clean ups, removing tons of trash from land and sea.

With the constant perils our world faces I would be happy to say that the work done by our volunteers throughout the year was a great effort, and here at Big Blue Conservation we will continue to wage war against environmental destruction.

So overall I would say it went well, with  the help of many volunteers we were able to achieve so much and with more joining us in 2017 I would say bring it on.