A year in numbers for our Marine Conservation project in ThailandProject & Pod News / 23 January 2017
2016 was an incredible year at our Marine Conservation project in Thailand with many exciting developments taking place and conservation work achieved. Thanks so much to all our volunteers who have helped the conservation teams complete their great work on Koh Tao.
This year we have seen the deployment of Ocean Utopia (a brand new underwater piece of art and artificial reef), coral spawning, the deployment of new electric artificial reef prototypes plus much more.
Here is the Thailand Marine Conservation project's year in numbers:
13,822 Drupella snails removed
501 Conservation Diver certificated issued
320 Crown of thorns removed
189 Students trained
100 Giant clams released back into the wild
91 Ecological monitoring surveys (EMPs)
70+ Mooring lines installed/maintained
49 Artificial reefs deployed
17 Sea turtles released
10 Coral nurseries installed
1 New Mineral Accretion Devise site
This year volunteers spent a vast amount of time working on a new Mineral Accretion Devise (MAD) donated by Coral Aid. Mineral Accretion, uses low voltage direct current electricity to grow solid limestone rock structures in the sea and accelerate the growth of corals providing homes for reef fish and protecting the shoreline!