After China

The last days in China were a blur. With only a week off in-between the installation of the nursery and the arrival of TNC's Global and China Board Members, we all took breaks and time to explore. Except Jun. Jun doesn't really "take breaks."  The board arrived and was hosted by the developer sponsoring, in … Continue reading After China

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Coral Trees or, Thanks Obama

April 15th, 2016, Sanya, China - The sun was already high and hot over our heads when the final Nature Conservancy Scientist arrived at Sunny Bay for China's first extensive coral nursery project. Dr. Phil Kramer, a boisterous and overworked senior scientist on The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Global Oceans team, was already geared up to … Continue reading Coral Trees or, Thanks Obama

Quarterly Report, III

Deep Water, Horizons: Artificial Reef Communities, Above and Below the Water Line Rennie Meyers Submitted April 26th, 2016 Bahama Residential Complex, Sanya, China My last quarterly report begins with failure. In a year defined by opportunity, where you feel like the sole object and master of your experience, accepting failure for itself can reset expectations. I … Continue reading Quarterly Report, III

Crown of Thorns

How do you create closed-circuit conservation? That is, how can restoration projects not create waste and undue burden on the communities doing the work? Last week, I got a peek at how the TNC’s new restoration project in Sunny Bay systematically alters and aids local coral communities by relying on local communities and infrastructure. Part … Continue reading Crown of Thorns

Landed, V: Sanya, China

Sanya is the Florida of China. Don’t listen to the guidebooks – while some tour agencies would rather draw parallels to Hawa’ii, Sanya doesn’t feel like an island. It feels, rather, like Bangkok extended itself all the way down the Gulf of Thailand until it was truly tropical. Coconuts are deftly chopped open on street … Continue reading Landed, V: Sanya, China