Ocean Quest

Coral propagation training locations

When it comes to the set up of a coral nursery, Ocean Quest Global is very precise and considerate when choosing the location. There are many factors influencing the overall success of a coral nursery. Several underwater surveys need to be conducted to find a suitable site; composition of the seafloor, incoming tides, wave action, anthropogenic activities, boat traffic, frequency of visitors as well as the water quality. Corals are very sensitive when it comes to changes in environmental conditions and require certain nutrients and elements to be able to grow. If the conditions are not accurate to set up a nursery Ocean Quest will either look for another site or will not establish a nursery at all, as it might not ensure success.

Koh Tao, Thailand

Ocean Republic

Koh Tao is currently Sea Shepherd Dive’s newest coral nursery addition, but despite it’s recent procreation, Ocean Republic is one of our top contributors teaching coral courses and promoting SSD. In fact, it is almost impossible to go somewhere on the island without seeing an Ocean Republic / SSD t-shirt, or some sort of Sea Shepherd sign—it’s a beautiful thing. The coral nursery here is in a prime location, straight out from the beach, making shore access possible and coral propagation incredibly easy.

Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

Aqua Sports Divers

Pulau Kapas in Malaysia is the main coral nursery of Ocean Quest Global. The site covers a total of 30.000m2 given by the State Government for coral reef rehabilitation purposes. Set up in 2015, it is the biggest of all nurseries so far and a lot of new research in coral propagation has happened there. The set up of this nursery can be seen as the ideal model. Shore entry, shallow set up, excluded from any boat traffic or tourist activities, perfect abiotic conditions and water quality, makes the growth of the coral a complete success.

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Princess Divers

We created our first SSD coral nursery here in June 2016 along with Phi Phi’s first Coral Propagation Trainer Course. Since then, we have had two more trainer courses and many Coral Propagation Courses and Workshops. In fact, Princess Divers is one of our partners that makes coral propagation a part of their Divemaster Internship, ensuring their divers are equally equipped to protect the ocean as they are to lead dive excursions for tourists.

Koh Lanta, Thailand

Scubafish

Our SSD dive center in Koh Lanta is Scubafish, a dive centre passionate about coral propagation and protecting the ocean. Along with the coral nursery location of Koh Haa is Mu Ko Lanta National Park, the marine protected area of the island and most well-known dive site and attraction of Lanta.

Ko Lipe, Thailand

Reef Guardian

Koh Lipe is one of Thailand’s less touristy but up-and-coming islands, where you can enjoy the beach to yourself and not have to worry about the noise that comes with the more commercialized islands. In fact, this jungle-clad island is certainly one of the more pristine, laid-back Southern isles with quiet reggae music as its backdrop. The beauty of this island is plainly seen in it’s many isolated powdery beaches and secluded coves. If you decide to visit this island, prepare to step off of the ferry to utter paradise.