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Bring Life Back to the Marine Environment

Ko Tao, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani

Even though corals are often mistaken for rocks or plants, they are actually composed of tiny animals called polyps. Several polyps join together to form a colony, which secrete limestone to create skeletons that protect their soft bodies. Most of the coral polyps have clear bodies and their beautiful colours come from algae called zooxanthellae, which live inside their tissues. The corals provide algae with the protected environment they need for photosynthesis, whereas the zooxanthellae supply the polyps with nutrients that are the products of photosynthesis. This mutualistic relationship enables the tiny creatures, with the size as small as the tip of the pencil, to produce such majestic and colourful limestone. Over the years, these colonies of coral connect to form coral reefs, which serve as home to thousands of species of marine animals.

Activity

Construct and Maintain a Coral Nursery

Several techniques and methods are used to construct and maintain the coral nurseries around Ko Tao. Apart from learning the coral restoration techniques from the staff, divers can also get a hands-on experience by helping to construct and deploy the arti

Maintain the Biorock Artificial Reef

One of the techniques used in restoring the coral reefsis Biorock Technology, which is applying safe and low voltage electrical currents to help the corals to grow faster and survive in broader water conditions. Divers help to maintain the structures by a

Research and Monitor the Coral Nurseries

The New Heaven Reef Conservation Programme regularly performs a reef check, collects the data, and monitors the coral nurseries to learn about the current coral reefs and the inhabitants. The data collected also provides detailed information on the biodiv

Example of a Daily Schedule

  • 3-day Course
  • Day 1
  • Morning
  • : Introduction to Coral Reef Ecology and EMP Research Technique Lectures.
  • Afternoon
  • : 1 EMP Survey Dive.
  • Day 2
  • .
  • Morning
  • : Introduction to Biorock Technology and Research Lecture.
  • Afternoon
  • : 1 dive on Biorock Site.
  • Day 3
  • .
  • Morning
  • : Introduction to Coral Nurseries Lecture.
  • Afternoon
  • : 1 dive to maintain and take data on the current coral nursery.
  • Remark: The above programme is an example of the typical schedule and is subject to change, depending on the weather conditions and the projects going on at the site.

Contact Information

  • New Heaven Dive School
  • 48 Mu 3, Ao Chalok Ban Kao, Ko Tao, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Surat Thani 84360
  • Tel. +66 7745 7045
  • conservation@newheavendiveschool.com