Dive with a difference - coral restoration in Les Village, BaliDiVo's expanding out of Australia now, and this is a pretty apt juncture to go live with the newsletter, since the reader base is as international as it is Australian.
The inauagural story is a heartwarming one about fisherfolk in a small village in Les, Bali, who replaced cyanide fishing with sustainable fishing. I call this project the Human Laboratory because it is a real-time, ongoing project to change and upgrade people's livelihoods. We're rebuilding the reefs, restoring fish, moving the villagers up the livelihood ladder by bringing dive voluntourists, teaching them English, dive guiding and hospitality. read about this: http://www.divevoluntourism.com/les-village-bali-rehabilitation-reef-and-livelihoods.
Dive volunteer and a Les Village fisherman transplanting coralHooked? Want to volunteer to be a part of the Human Laboratory at Les Village? Get more detail and photos about the dive and snorkel volunteer activities you can get up to in Les Village. http://www.divevoluntourism.com/how-build-balinese-style-coral-reef.
Sustainable netting, no more cyanide!If all that hasn't hooked you yet, watch the Youtube clip on how to restore a fished-out coral reef, Balinese-style. http://youtu.be/5jf0rwY0HvE
The Les Village voluntourism progamme goes live soon second half of 2012. Watch this space, or contact DiVo through the Contact Us tab if you want more information on trips to Les.
Reef Restoration and Building Artificial Reefs
Interested in what dive volunteers can do in building artificial reefs or reef rehabilitation? Read what type of artificial reefs there are, how they are built and the pros and cons of a man-made reef. Check out a real life Human Laboratory in a Balinese village and the story of how local fishermen... read more
7-10 August 2012 Great Barrier Reef Whitsundays Dive Conservation Action
7-10 August 2012 Great Barrier Reef Whitsundays Dive Conservation Action. The beautiful Whitsunday Islands is one of the most visited spots on the Great Barrier Reef. Learn how the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and different interest groups manage and share this beautiful natural... read more
4-7 August 2012 Great Barrier Reef Orpheus Island Research Station Coral Survey Program
4-7 August 2012 Great Barrier Reef Orpheus Island Research Station Coral Survey Program. This is a rare opportunity to stay and dive off Orpheus Island Research Station, a marine research facility run by James Cook University in a marine sancturary park on the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Check... read more
5-11 May 2012 Lord Howe Island Marine Monitoring with the Marine Park Rangers
5-11 May 2012 Lord Howe Island Marine Monitoring with the Marine Park Rangers. Lord Howe Island is the Galapagos of the West Pacific. Two hours flight east of Sydney into the middle of the Pacific, it is the crossroads of 5 major ocean currents. Add to it a rare and spectacular array of marine life... read more
Grey Nurse Shark Public Consultation
We underwater volunteer divers are a vociferous lot. So here's another opportunity to give your two bob worth of opinion to people who are actually asking for it! The DPI has circulated a consultation paper on the conservation of grey nurse sharks. Submissions due August 26 2011. The villiany of... read more
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