|Dive Centre Owners and Managers watching the Ocean Quest video|
Anuar gave an interesting speech after the video, he has been researching Coral Propagation for over 20 years and says he is frustrated that environmental research and money has focused on reporting the damage to the coral around the world, but very little focus, effort and money has been spent on how to fix it.
1. Nursery - An area where coral can be grown from small live parts of coral.
2. Hospital - An area where 'sick' coral can be quarantined, treated and helped to recover.
3. Home - An area where the new coral can call home.
Anuar and his team have successfully achieved this elsewhere in Asia, most notably Malaysia, and he is keen to start projects around Thailand.
|Dive Centre Owners and Managers listening to Anuar Abdullah's Speech|
The enthusiam from the Dive Centres was palpable and the meeting was exciting to listen to. It costs 15,000 baht to train a trainer, but he, in turn, could train hundreds. All the Dive Centres fully supported the project and many were keen to take the next steps, as were we. Nick and I instantly agreed that we will sponsor a trainer on the island and we hope many other Resorts will follow suit. How incredible would it be for Koh Lanta to lead Thailand in Coral Propagation?
I am excited for the future, obviously we cannot repair the corals overnight, but we can stop the degradation and start building coral gardens for the future.
Big thank you to Anuar, for a very interesting talk, and all the Dive Centres who participated.