TRACC volunteers have been busy on our bottle reef restoration efforts by making bottle reefs to extend the ribbon reefs on Pom Pom Island. The North Tip ribbon reef is 150m long and the challenge for 2016 is to make it a double row of bottle reefs so that it grows more corals and supports more biodiversity. The coral growth on the reefs will also help to slow the wave erosion of the beach and improve turtle conservation by ensuring that there is enough sand to lay their eggs.
We were lucky enough in late 2015 to get donations of money to buy cement and a big pile of bottles delivered to the island so we have lots to recycle. Thank you Coralcare and BGS divers.
The bottle reef restoration start to take shape when the volunteers and gapyear travellers mix wet cement and then position the bottles. The cement is strong 48h later and the reefs can be moved out into the ocean for a period of soaking to remove toxins. Eventually we plant corals on the bottle reefs either from fragments grown in the coral nursery or from large branches collected from blast fishing or anchor damage sites.
TRACC has been working on Pom Pom Island for 5 years and the change in fish life has been amazing. More Species
Bigger fish – often reproductive sizes
Our big fish surveys document what all our returning divers can see with their own eyes.
Who can ask for more? The numbers of fish of all large species is definitely increasing.
We have resident schools of Barracuda, Big eye trevally, and fusiliers as well as a myriad smaller fish species. The eagle rays are really special and coral cat sharks can be seen on night dives and our 2016 save sharks project should increase the numbers and species of sharks seen.
Definitely enough fish all around the island to sustain a small shark population so we can protect them before they are all killed.
TRACC are recipients of a grant to plant coral and we need help so we are offering 50% disount for divers or dive training.
This is a great cheap way to get marine biology fieldwork experience and boost the numbers of your dives.
The sharks, the barracuda and the bumphead parrotfish will still all be here, the macro biodiversity is amazing and the water is warm and clear.
What are you waiting for – this is a great opportunity to dive as much as you like for the cost of your food.
We will even train you to dive at the lowest possible cost. Find out more or email to BOOK now