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Who is Green Fins and why are Big Blue Conservation one of their top members

Protecting the oceans with Green Fins.

Initiated in 2004 by the East Asian Seas Regional Coordinating Unit and supported by UNEP, the Green Fins project encourages dive and resort operators as well as divers themselves, to adopt Eco-friendly practices during their exploration of coral reefs. They do this through a network of mutual support from many dive operators, so that such conduct can be of benefit to both operators and environment through enhancing the tourist’s marine experience in the long run.

The contribution of the Green Fins is tangible. Aside from social and scientific monitoring of coral reef health and tourist and dive operators behaviour, their standards can be felt on the dive tourist in Asia, where our diving school Big Blue Diving can be seen running through the Green Fins recommendations before taking our guest out for the plunge of a dive.

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Green Fins is currently active in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand where diving tourism has grown around the rich, unique, diverse and dynamic coral reefs of the world. In the region, Green Fins in Thailand and Philippines has progressed greatly since its launch in 2004 and there are currently over 100 members. The Green Fins Association in The Philippines, a non-governmental organization, has taken the lead to introduce and implement Green Fins along with a number of marine conservation awareness raising activities in local communities and schools.

Big Blue Conservation has been members for over 6 years, we see the change in behaviour and interest from our divers and staff who like to take an active part in protecting the underwater world.

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This is done different ways: education of our staff, listen to our active dive briefings, participating in clean ups, making new moorings for the boats to prevent throwing anchors on the reef, monitoring the reefs for bleaching & for new growth of corals, we are also doing fish / marine life count during the year. If you want more information or support please contact green fins direct on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

So we were so happy to be awarded 3rd in the top ten Eco Friendly schools in the world.

 

http://www.greenfins.net/en/top-members

 

And so you are welcome to come and dive with Big Blue Diving, be an active partner together with us, learn more about how we can all help the environment and still enjoy the UW world.

Here at Big Blue Conservation we will run free courses about Green Fins, and other conservation organisations, showing people how they can help and protect our amazing seas.

Become part of the solution………………………………

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More information about Green Fins:

Green Fins is a project in South East Asia encouraging scuba diving operators to adhere to a Code of Conduct with an overall aim to reduce negative impacts to the marine environment. The Code of Conduct is a list of 15 rules designed to tackle the most common and detrimental effects SCUBA diving activities have on the habitat in which they operate.
Mission statement
The mission statement of Green Fins is:
“To protect and conserve coral reefs by establishing and implementing environmentally friendly guidelines to promote a sustainable diving tourism industry.”
History:
Green Fins was established in 2004 as a project by the United Nations Environmental Programs (UNEP) and was implemented by the Secretariat of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA). The project was initiated and coordinated by COBSEA’s secretariat as part of the effort to increase public awareness with an overall aim to better management practices that will contribute to the conservation of coral reefs (and other associated marine ecosystems such as sea grass beds and mangroves) and reduce the current unsustainable tourism practices.
Present:
Currently there are four active member countries of the Green Fins project. Thailand and the Philippines started in 2004, Indonesia in 2007 and Malaysia in 2008. Each individual country is autonomous, running their projects aims and objectives to fulfil the mission statement. This is done under the supervision of the Network Leader with the Network Leader Assistant as a supporting role. The position of the Network Leader is usually fulfilled by government staffs who work under a relevant department overseeing the protection and control of either marine habitats or tourism.

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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. 

 

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/

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.