sabah

Date: 
May. 31/12
Location: 
TRACC on Pom Pom Island, Semporna, Sabah
Celebes beach Resort New Tourist Jetty
Semporna, Sabah
Malaysia
4° 32' 36.852" N, 118° 36' 30.2328" E

Join us to remove an excessively large population of the coral eating starfish.  This cleanup is immediately after the May 2012 marine conservation course.

Crown of thorns starfish is a natural predator on heathy reefs.  Unfortuately the reefs near Pom Pom Island have been heavily overfished so COTS predators are rare.  We have an unusually high number of juvenile COTS and we want to keep the numbers of cots in check so that we do not get massive epidemics to damage our fragile reefs.

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Date: 
Apr. 28/12
Location: 
Celebes Beach Resort
Pom Pom Island
Semporna, Sabah, SB 91305
Malaysia
4° 31' 17.9976" N, 118° 36' 30.2328" E

The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is teaching a marine conservatation course for divers on Pom Pom island.  This is a 6 day 5 night course staying at a heavily discounted rate at a resort on a beautiful tropical island.  This couse will be at the start of the turtle nesting season and should enable us to see turtle mating as well as nesting and egg layig.  We will visit marine protected areas and experience some of the conservation efforts that are being used to help coral reefs, seagr

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Date: 
Nov. 17/11
Location: 
AQUARIA-KLCC
KLCC
Kuala Lumpor
Malaysia
3° 9' 30.0312" N, 101° 42' 49.4748" E

Aquaria KLCC is joining with TRACC, Shark Savers Malaysia and others to launch a save the sharks campaign.  Exhibits, displays, information & a school programme will all be used to raise awareness of the shark crisis.  The campaign ultimately aims to change the law in Malaysia to add sharks to the protected species list.

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Date: 
Sep. 23/11
Location: 
Downbelow PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, Gaya Island
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
Kota Kinabalu 88100
Malaysia
6° 0' 45.6552" N, 116° 1' 14.286" E

Downbelow's September Project AWARE Reef & Beach Clean Up is taking place on 24 September, and as always we invite the local community and those interested to take part.

The Reef & Beach Clean Up is a day at our beautiful island PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre, where we take to the beach, rocky outcrops and mangrove swamps to collect pesky marine debris.

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Seagrass is an environmentally sensitive organism, not readily found in polluted areas and  rarely near cities.

Which is why we were quite surprised when earlier in the year Richard and Elvis discovered a seagrass patch not very far from our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya Island, just 10 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

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A group of students from the Australian International School in Singapore was with Downbelow on Gaya Island over the last few days.

The group, consisting of students aged 10 & 11, were doing PADI Junior Open Water Courses and environmental awareness programs.

As part of the environmental segment of their activities, Downbelow focused on Project AWARE's Give Sharks a Change campaign.

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Date: 
Mar. 01/12
Location: 
Pom Pom Island, Nr Sipadan, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia
Malaysia
4° 35' 50.2836" N, 118° 52' 5.8584" E

Coral reefs close to the world famous dive site of Sipadan in the Semporna area of Sabah are some of the best in the world with more species than other places on the planet.

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Downbelow Marine and Wildlife Adventures, Malaysia enlisted the help of 30 university students for their Dive For Earth Day event. The students from University of Glamorgan, UK were visiting Gaya Island as part of a research project. 

Jaco from Downbelow, “They happily agreed to pitch in and help remove trash from the very environment they had been researching the previous week.”  To end the day dive shop donated a brand new dive computer and the students dug deep to raise $400 for Project AWARE.

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