As marine conservationists and avid scuba divers, we here at TRACC are passionate about saving our oceans. The ocean is the earths lifeline, as our largest ecosystem it is also our largest life support system. For all of us to survive, it’s essential to keep our seas as happy and healthy as possible. The task of saving our oceans can be pretty overwhelming, with so many different aspects having a direct impact on our oceans health. But fear not! Here are five small things you, and everyone, can do to help keep our oceans happy.
Before travelling to Sabah, Borneo I didn’t know anything about the Bajau Laut, their fascinating way of life and the strong connection with the ocean. Their life is vibrant, passionate and extremely tough. They are some of the last true nomads of the sea. The Bajau Laut are stateless sea nomads who live off the coast of Sabah, Borneo. Traditionally, these boat dwelling nomads are from the many islands of the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines but many have migrated to Sabah, due to conflict. They have no citizenship and therefore no rights to public amenities, medical care or school. They live on their Lepa Lepa wooden houseboats or in stilt huts built atop coral reefs near Semporna’s islands.