"As part of GVI’s mission we are always looking for a way to increase student’s environmental awareness and knowledge of global conservation issues. Marine debris is a global problem with local solutions, and a local problem with global solutions. Together we must work together to tackle the marine debris problem and seek solutions at each end of the spectrum."
WALK FOR THOUGHT: W.H.A.L.E will be having their first booth there with educational materials, free stuff, snacks and also come sign the PROJECT AWARE petition and help the sharks! We want to spread awareness about sharks and whales and make sure people can learn and have a better appreciation for them!
This year we conducted 2 beach clean ups, a reef clean up dive & a Coral Watch survey snorkel, all on 22nd April - Dive For Earth Day. We were busy!! These activities were conducted with the involvement of: diving & non diving guests; Blue Guru & Golden Buddha Resort staff and 2 local Thai fishermen.
Blue Guru conducted its 2nd season of the Whale Shark Program in 2011. We very much hoped to repeat our success from 2010 of spotting a previously unrecorded whale shark. Last year we snorkeled twice with a 5-6m whale shark at Richelieu Rock. The 7 participants of the program recorded data & took photographs, which were submitted to Project AWARE's Whale Shark Project database, run in conjunction with the Shark Trust, and Ecocean's photo library. It was the first time this particular shark had been recorded in either database. How exciting!
Blue Guru will be running its Whale Shark Program for the 3rd season in 2012.
In 2010, participants spotted a Whale Shark never before recorded in either Project Aware's Whale Shark Program database (run by Shark Trust) or Ecocean's photo library. By submitting data & photos, we can now track where this whale shark is seen as it migrates through the Andaman Sea and potentially around the world. Will it return to Richelieu Rock again?