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Crystal Dive > News Archive > 2015 > November 27th
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Building A Future For Coral Reefs

 

What is the benefit of artificial reefs and do they add to or detract from the natural environment in areas where coral reefs develop? These are the questions an inquisitive 10 year old asked some 3-4 years ago that prompted the current research and subsequent campaign.

 

Eco Diving - Koh Tao, Thailand

 

Kailash Cook, with his dad Nathan, are looking at the coral reef environment to try and answer these questions and have been raising money to support their drive.

 

The campaign fundraising is partially complete and in the coming 9 months Nathan and Kailash are embarking on a journey to Thailand and Hawaii, researching the benefit of artificial reefs to small coral reef environments like Koh Tao.

 

Eco Diving - Koh Tao, Thailand

 

This research began in 2013 so it has been going a while. If all goes to plan, they will present their findings to the International Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii next year.

 

Recently, Kailash held a crowdfunding campaign to raise the required funds to complete the research he has been passionate about for the past few years . We raised enough to cover the first lot of expenses and have currently booked to travel to Thailand in January.

 

Eco Diving - Koh Tao, Thailand

 

As part of Koh Tao's conservation activities a number of artificial reefs have been built and deployed to reduce the pressure of excessive numbers of divers on the natural reefs. The research will look at whether artificial reefs attract a similar level of biodiversity to that of the nearby natural reefs.

 

We'll also be looking at the social science aspect of artificial reefs and try to gauge what the visitor experience is like, and whether artificial reefs are socially acceptable to residents, visitors and other invested stakeholders.

Eco Diving - Koh Tao, ThailandThe Indiegogo campaign finished in September and raised $2,575 but funds are still welcome to support the rest of the campaign.

 

These funds will support a research trip to Koh Tao to complete the study before assisting with expenses to Hawaii in 2016.

 

While in Koh Tao we'll also be doing other research establishing ideal sizes of giant clams to stop being eaten by predators and maybe some stuff on beach debris. It is an exciting few months ahead as we build momentum to Hawaii next year.

 

During our research Nathan and Kailash will be working with Eco Koh Tao for much of the research. Logistics will be supported by Crystal Dive.

 

If you would like to support the campaign, contact Kailash directly on kailashecocook@gmail.com.

 

Below are a number of links to support and follow Kailash's journey.

 

Facebook - www.facebook.com/sea2symposium
Twitter - www.twitter.com/Sea2Symposium

 

You can also follow Kailash's journey through Crystal Chronicles and Eco Koh Tao who are keen supporters of this research.

 

Author: Crystal Dive

 

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..November 2015

 

PADI Instructor Course Koh Tao
"Bored with life in the fast lane? Had enough of the suits and stress? Become a PADI Scuba diving Instructor on Koh Tao?...."
28-11-2015
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Building a Future for Coral Reefs
"What is the benefit of artificial reefs and do they add to or detract from the environment where coral reefs develop?...."
27-11-2015
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Yellow Boxfish
"The Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion Cubicus) is a member of the Boxfish family and grow no larger than 45cm...."
21-11-2015
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Scuba Myths Busted!
"Although Scuba diving is becoming more popular worldwide there is still myths out there that put some people off...."
18-11-2015
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Thai Food
"Thai cuisine is, in lots of ways, different from what we know in the Western world. Rich flavors and different fresh ingredients...."
14-11-2015
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PADI Divemaster - A Day In The Life
"Unless scheduled for the office, our first duty is to set up the morning boats so they are ready to depart the pier by 7am...."
12-11-2015
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Exploring History
"Mother Nature has created many beautiful animals and corals. From the majestic Whaleshark, to the Great Barrier Reef...."
05-11-2015
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Scuba Diving Facts
"What does SCUBA stand for? What's the deepest dive? Who invented scuba diving? How old do you have to be?...."
03-11-2015
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