We aim to:
- Reduce unsustainable fishing practices
- Establish and enforce Marine Protected Areas
- Introduce coral and fish farms
If you would like to participate in our marine conservation project, please visit our volunteering page for more information.
Scope of our work
- Science and community based assessments to identify ecological damage and priority options for sustainability.
- Deployment of weather stations to improve forecasting, which increases warning times and provides crucial data needed to safely operate passenger services.
- Targeted communication and coordination working towards ‘sustainable development,’ while responding to, and augmenting, the coastal resource management policies of the district and national governments.
- Increasing general awareness of the value of preserving coastal ecosystems among the local population through presentations.
- The introduction of coral and fish farms to help maintain and increase current levels of declining species.
- We can further achieve economic rewards for the local population by developing vocational skills that increase earnings from conservation, SCUBA diving, and related tourism activities.
- Directed conservation activities will include regular coral and fisheries health assessments, using the benchmark of the International Reef Check (IRC) standard. The IRC is a crucial tool for managing and accessing marine resources to provide scientific evidence in support of no catch areas and Marine Protected Areas and advise where necessary on sustainable development plans.
- Coral reef protection will also be enhanced through the placement of fixed marine mooring buoys on popular dive sites. This will reduce boat anchor damage to sensitive coral areas & allow more divers access to the sites in a controlled & low-impact manner. This also then increases biodiversity.
- It is also crucial that safe diving equipment and further education be provided, for instance, to the safety divers who service ship repairs in the Port of Sihanoukville, as well as to the new generation of Khmer scientists, divers, and conservationists who must take ownership for this work in coming decades.
[box style=”rounded”]Progress so far:
- We have recruited a Marine Research Officer and a team of dive master trainees to start undertaking reef checks and map regular dive sites.
- We now have an international reef check trainer who is the national coordinator for Cambodia.
- We conducted a beach and reef clean-up in November, which raised $220 towards the project so far and resulted in the collection of 34 bags of rubbish.
- Started offering and training villagers in PADI programmes.
- Researching native species which have been over-fished and are having a negative effect on the biodiversity of our marine life.
- In the process of assessing dive sites for monitoring suitability[/box]