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Tropical research and Conservation Centre

TRACC is a non profit organisation that does marine conservation and research.  We teach marine biology courses, Marine science A level course, support MSc and other students. We plant coral, save turtles, protect sharks and use volunteers for marine conservation.

Global Shark Survey

TRACC is conducting a Shark Market survey ( very depressing) and the Global Shark Survey.  This is a diver record survey to use the dive log data from divers all over the world to determine where sharks still exist and where they have disappeared from.  We have great data from over 3000 sites around the world, mostly with records of no sharks seen.  We need your help - please add the data from your log books or from your most recent dives.

Diving volunteer programme

The TRACC volunteer / Intern programme  is regenerating / replanting coral reefs at 2 great diving locations in Sabah, Malaysia.  The shallow water reefs over much of SE Asia have been very badly damaged by blast fishing. At both our sites blast fishing has been reduced and we can start to regenerate the reef.  The Pom Pom Island deep reef has some excellent coral and amazing diversity.  The beaches get large numbers of nesting green turtles and there are always many turtles in the shallows.  The island has deep oceanic water immediately off the beach and for several summer months there are schools of bait fish being chased by tuna, marlin and sharks. The site is in the coral triangle which has the most diversity for any coral reefs anywhere in the world.  Volunteers range from 6-12 weeks doing student projects or learning reef survey techniques to short term volunteers of 7-14 days who plant coral, count turtles or help with surveys.  If you want to dive some of the best dive sites in the world, consider diving with a conservation purpose for part of your holiday.

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Marine Science course - Marine Conservation training for divers  - Coral planting - Turtle conservationShark conservation - GET INVOLVED in our volunteer marine conservation projects.

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