New Program - Give Something Back To The Environment When Diving in Bali
As divers we are very lucky to have access to a wonderful underwater world. It also puts us in a position to see both the negative and positive impact of human activity on this fragile environment. Many divers have been in a position where they felt frustrated by destructive human behavior that put the health of coral reefs at risk and wished they could do something to make a difference.
In Pemuteran in the northwest of Bali, the community have put into place strict guidelines regarding fishing practices and found an interesting solution to rebuild damaged reefs. Bali Diving Academy has been involved in this community conservation effort for many years. Nowadays we primarily assist the staff from the Biorock Project with reef clean-ups, structure maintenance and predator control. We also donated solar panels so part of the Biorock Project could be run on green energy and we regularly host student groups to educate them in various environmental issues.
Over the last few years we have met many divers who were interested in getting involved in community driven conservation projects. We have decided it is time to give divers the opportunity to do so. If you would like to give something back to the ocean, we want to invite you to join one of the new Bali Diving Academy Reef Conservation Workshops in Pemuteran in 2016!
During the 3 day long workshop you will have the opportunity to do a minimum of 6 dives on some of the beautiful reefs in Pemuteran. We will do some informal talks on the following topics:
- The history of conservation in Pemuteran
- The Coral Reef Restoration Project (also known as the Biorock Project or Karang Lestari)
- Common fish species identification
We will discuss threats to coral reefs and possible solutions and use Pemuteran as practical example. We are always interested to hear new ideas and get a fresh perspective!
On the practical side, you will get to do the following:
- Attach your name to a coral structure as part of the “Adopt a baby coral project”
- Help us to collect coral fragments
- Clean reef structures
- Attach corals to new structures
- Look for and collect coral predators like Crown of Thorns and Drupella snails
- Help with reef clean-ups
- Participate in any projects the local community might have running during that period
You will also have the option to extend the workshop with one day to dive the beautiful Menjangan Island in the Bali Barat National Park! So, if conservation is your passion, contact us for more information!