The paper produced and test that Dive Tribe carried out did point towards a successful survival rate of by-catch released sharks. We have since seen the bamboo shark population increase in areas where just a few years ago we were seeing very few if any at all. Dive Tribe will continue to re-address the balance and have more shark tagging and release programs set up for the future.
You can see pictures from the research program HERE and a video HERE
We mean technical diving, including rebreathers from Hollis Explorer to full closed circuit rebreathers such as the Prism. Dive Tribe now offer technical training at their facility. So from sidemount through to decompression diving , mixed gas blender or rebreathers we have you covered. All our courses are offered through the largest training agency in this arena Technical Diving International. So why not take a course with us and come and visit some of the wrecks and reefs we have here in Pattaya. The course details are HERE and we will be happy to give you more details and organise bookings and transport to and from our dive destinations during your training days. We have 5 Hollis Rebreathers at our disposal so even if you required just to rent a unit while here on holiday and have the required certification we will be happy to supply you with the unit and gas.
We logged and documented them and discussed why seahorses were endangered and talked about why this site in Pattaya is so special and has such and abundance of seahorses. The Seahorse research will be continuing this April when Dr Lynn Loh and Dr Lindsey Ayelesworth join me to dive the site and begin tagging seahorses and looking further into their mysterious life. The project is funded by SHEDD Aquarium and iSeahorse. Dive Tribe is stoked to be working alongside the team and continuing with the research for the rest of the year. Remember if you do have any seahorse sightings you can log them at the ISeahorse website.
Now what amazes me is the general apathy of divers! Divers that have been with me know not to simply swim past plastic debris and leave it there. My divers for the most part will pick it up and put it in a BCD pocket or in the mesh bags I give them that have been generously donated to me by Project Aware. But I have been on dives where I have seen divers just leave the trash on the reefs and continue on their dives.
Now for the price of a coffee at Starbucks or a magazine once a week, ours and organisations like ours could really do some good that will benefit the marine environment. Let me give you an example: Currently we are installing mooring buoys to protect coral reefs, and these are being stolen at a rate faster than we can replace them. We came up with a method that secures the buoys and keeps them from being stolen.
How? We use 16mm cable that is attached to our mooring anchors on the seabed which is then attached to the buoys, this makes the buoys difficult to steal. This method has been proven to work , but it does cost more. Now we are willing to go out and do the work and protect reefs so that Dive Centers and divers have somewhere nice to dive and that our marine life still has a habitat. To be honest not many dive centers have come to us and asked us what they could do to help. To busy in the day to day running I guess, but it is these dive centers that are as complicit in damaging reefs just as much as fishermen and speed boats.
Also as divers we should be looking for opportunities to protect our marine habitat, and if such an opportunity is available then we need to embrace it and get on board.
It's time for some honesty here folks and if you don't agree then maybe diving and the dive industry is not for you. With out reefs we will have no dive tourism industry and the place that i hold dear will be gone.
Remember for the price of a cup of coffee once a week you can help me and my team protect reefs in Koh Sak, then Koh Larn then out to Koh Rin and beyond .
Will I here crickets again......I will wait and see !!!!
Alternatively you can help Dive Tribe continue to protect reefs by by donating as little as $5 or more.
Just scroll down the page and "click" add to cart at this LINK
If you doubt our work load and our commitment just take a look at what we have accomplished so far and how you can help in reef conservation in Thailand HERE
Thank You For Your Consideration From All The Team At Dive Tribe.