World Oceans Day is an opportunity every year to honour the world's ocean, celebrate the products the ocean provides such as seafood as well as marine life itself for aquariums, pets, and also a time to appreciate its own intrinsic value.
Here on Koh Tao we are surrounded by beautiful coral reefs that are intrinsic to all the activities that take place on this small island. We at Eco Koh Tao and Crystal Dive took this opportunity to remind people about this important symbiosis by organizing an afternoon of eco activities.
What a fantastic dive we all had last week, raising some funds for Project AWARE whilst night diving.
The sea temp was reasonable, and the vizability was outstanding. Please check out the photos headed Project AWARE Night Dive May 2011, the eels featured there is the first one any of us have seen at this particular dive site, and what stunning creatures they are.
We run at least two night dives a year for Project AWARE, and always conduct a clean-up on the national clean-up day, and at least one more clean-up a year in addition.
Tokoriki's Earth Day Clean up, which due to various circumstances was delayed until the end of May, was a beach clean of Monuriki Island, with Yanuya Island school kids to assist. Lots of fun was had by all and less rubbish than usual was collected which was great to see.
75 volunteers from Crystal Dive Resort, Ban’s, Big Blue, Master Divers and New Heaven on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand joined forces on Dive For Earth Day helping to remove over 335kg of rubbish, mostly nets and ropes.
Many more volunteers helped on land. Continuing the celebrations into the evening, Chad Scott, Jen Matthews and Eco Koh Tao’s Nathan Cook conducted a marine ecology and reef restoration talk before the attention turned to some great locally made films raising awareness at this important time for our planet.