This September is Debris Month of Action: a whole month dedicated to fighting the ocean's silent killer, marine debris. With your help we are sending a loud and clear message: "Stop the Ocean’s Silent Killer"
Join us in the battle against marine debris. Your local actions contribute to a clean, healthy future for the ocean.
2012 Project AWARE Beach Cleanup with local residents of Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia. This year's event is sponsored by BANK ISLAM Malaysia and expected to draw more than 500 participants.
The starting point of the event will be at Teluk Gadong, Dungun, near UITM at 8.00am on 13 April 2012, where a briefing will be given by Mohd Halimi Abdullah, Ocean Elements' Director and Scuba Instructor. Participants will then be assigned the "zone" to cover along the 8.5km stretch of beach, from Teluk Gadong to Teluk Lipat. The event is expected to end by 11.30am.
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.
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
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.
Come and visit the PADI Booth at the Malaysia International Dive Expo. Project AWARE will be on hand to answer your questions, give you advice and support on your ocean protection projects and hand out shark tattoos, petitions, Dive Against Debris tools and much more.
Downbelow at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu has been on the net removal warpath against nets which have infiltrated the park yet again. Stuck on the coral reefs at a depth that required strategic thinking as the net removal team meticulously planned the assault.
Entangled on the reef in 20 metres of water, the team had to also contend with a bit of current, which meant higher air consumption and limited bottom time and had to make two dives in order to remove the net. Well done to everyone involved in this great effort!