Dive Tribe were paying special interest to the ecological monitoring program that was originally written by Dr Wayne Phillips and Chad Scott, as Dive Tribe will now be offering this specialist course to budding marine biologists and marine conservationists in Pattaya.
The courses teaches you how to look for indicator species on the reefs , which allow us to know the overall condition of the reef ,and this data can be cross referenced with the substrate data to give us a much better picture as to the reefs health at the present time.
Fish are a vitally important resource on the reef providing food for predators and also helping to keep in check the algae that may overgrow the corals. Do you know your herbivores from your predators? your grazers from your corallivores?
If people have a clearer understanding of their environment then it automatically becomes easier to protect that resource.
This is why Dive Tribe now offers the Ecological Monitoring Program – a certificate open to Advanced Divers.
The EMP is based on internationally recognized research protocols to assess the abundance, diversity and health of corals, invertebrates and fish on a regular monthly basis. By determining the substrate composition, coral health and water quality Dive Tribe will be in a better position to lobby for greater protection of the reefs of Pattaya and beyond.
So stop hitting like on facebook or signing petitions, grab your BCD and get really active in marine conservation, please come and join us and learn at our new facility in Pattaya.