Geko Dive has proven itself over the past ten years as a company that cares for the environment and the local community. We have undertaken many projects such as mooring projects and recycling projects. Here is an example of just one mooring project.
Geko Dive was awarded with Project AWARE Go ECO Operator status in May 2008. We are one of only 8 dive operators in Indonesia.
Project AWARE Foundation, a non-profit environmental organisation working with divers to conserve underwater environments, launched the Go ECO campaign into the Asia Pacific region in 2005. The main objective of Go ECO is for dive centres to minimise their impact on the aquatic ecosystem whilst contributing to environmental, economic and cultural conservation. Dive centres are required to meet best practice environmental guidelines and commit to the Project AWARE Go ECO philosophy.
For more information on Go ECO Operators and the philosophy behind the program please go to https://www.projectaware.org/.
We believe that it is important to monitor the health of the reef to quantify any degradation over time in order to try and find the cause before more damage is done. We want our beautiful, healthy reef to remain that way!
In order to be able to effectively monitor the reef, Geko Dive's lead instructor and owner, Cynthia Kasar, became Indonesia's 21st Reef Check Trainer.
Geko Dive and a Reef Check Foundation Scientist performed the first ever Reef Check survey done in the Blue Lagoon.
We will be training our staff over the next few months so that we can do regular checks on the health of the reef. We are hoping to monitor the substrate every 6 months at two locations and perform fish and invertebrate surveys at both sites more often.
Anybody that is interested in taking part in a survey can take part in a short training session and then become certified as a Reef Check Eco Diver for either Fish or Invertebrates. Please see our schedule if you are interested in taking part. Dates can also be arranged to meet your travel needs.
About the Reef Check Foundation
Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of two ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 80 countries, Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other non-profits. Reef Check goals are to:
• educate the public about the value of reef ecosystems and the current crisis affecting marine life;
• to create a global network of volunteer teams trained in Reef Check's scientific methods who regularly monitor and report on reef health;
• to facilitate collaboration that produces ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions;
• to stimulate local community action to protect remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs worldwide.
In 1997, Reef Check conducted the first-ever global survey of coral reef health that provided scientific confirmation that our coral reefs were in crisis due to over-fishing, illegal fishing, and pollution. The results, published in a scientific journal in 1999, shocked many marine biologists who had not realized the extent of human impacts on reefs. In August 2002, Reef Check released its first five-year report, The Global Coral Reef Crisis - Trends and Solutions, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Based on data collected by thousands of Reef Check volunteer divers in over 80 countries and territories, the report was the first scientific documentation of the dramatic worldwide decline in coral reef health over a five-year period. The report concluded that there was virtually no reef in the world that remained untouched by human impacts, such as over fishing, pollution and climate change. Yet the success stories discussed in the report show that, with proper monitoring, management and protection, coral reefs can recover. It is up to us.
Since then, Reef Check's fast-growing network has expanded throughout all tropical seas, and has played a major role in efforts to preserve and sustain reef ecosystems. Reef Check's approach is to engage partners, especially businesses in a non-confrontational manner to develop mutually beneficial solutions especially the creation of self-funding Marine Protected Areas. In 2005, Reef Check launched its first temperate reef program in California.
Reef Check has received international environmental awards for its work, and is the United Nations' official community-based reef monitoring program.
REEF AND BEACH CLEAN-UPS
Geko Dive has employed local people since 1999 to clean the beach in Padang Bai on a daily basis. In addition to this we endeavor to hold a large beach and underwater cleanup every 3 months. This involves the local community and raises awareness of the issues involved in waste disposal.
Please see some photos below of the underwater clean-up held on 27th April 2008. We had approximately 165 people from the local community; local businesses, expatriates and visitors take part in the one day event, which focused on the main beach of Padang Bai and the Wall at Blue Lagoon.
If you would like to take part in an underwater clean-up please contact us for upcoming dates.