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Coral Tribe

The Coral Tribe is led by some of the most knowledgeable marine educators on the island.  Anyone with a passion for learning more about the environment and how to protect it needs to look no further than The Coral Tribe for advice and information. They have over a decade of experience working on environmental projects on Koh Tao. Program leaders Jennifer and Simon Dowling have an unrivaled insight into Koh Tao’s ecosystem and its health, biodiversity, and threats. 

The Coral Tribe Marine Conservation Projects Include;
  • Reef Check Eco Diver Training Facility. Gain a worldwide certification and be able to go anywhere and survey reefs around the globe. Conducting Reef Check surveys are vital in assessing the health of coral reefs. The data can be used to develop conservation and restoration solutions to improve the health of reefs, and the human communities that depend on them.
  • Microplastic Surveys.  Working in partnership with The Big Microplastic Survey project, The Coral Tribe collects sand samples.  They are examined for various microplastic contents. The results are recorded and sent back to The Big Microplastic survey headquarters to help compile global data. 
  • Beach Clean-Ups are an integral part of stopping the flow of plastics and other pollutants from entering our oceans. Our team runs regular beach and land clean-ups, collecting valuable data for various environmental agencies.
  • Dive Against Debris is a super citizen science program. It empowers divers to remove debris from the ocean and report on the type of debris, the amount, and location, helping to drive change that protects marine life and marine environments.  
  • Water Testing water quality is paramount to the health of the reef and its inhabitants. The Coral Tribe takes regular water samples and checks levels of PH, nitrates, phosphates, dissolved oxygen, salinity, and turbidity. 
  • Mooring Buoy Installation – the crew assists with various mooring installation projects. These provide boats with a better option than dropping anchor over precious corals. 
  • Net Removal – fishing nets snagged and caught on pinnacles are deadly to marine life. The Coral Tribe team is always on hand to assist with the removal of nets. 

Aside from being involved with multiple citizen science and community projects, the teaching team runs several Marine Conservation courses. Marine Conservation Internships range from 1 week to 8 months in length. They aim to create and develop divers to see the underwater world in a different light and become more heavily involved in its protection and conservation. All the while having fun and learning lots about the amazing realm beneath the surface. 

For more information, check out the or email the team directly on [email protected]