Mass tourism and Chinese diving

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

No True North

Take a bearing. Confer with some celestial object, then move, and maybe adjust. We know that our movement in some direction will take us North. What is North, and why (in the West) do we consider North to be true?  How do we decide our course of action, in conservation efforts specifically? In my last … Continue reading No True North

After Koh Tao

Yesterday (which is now 5 days ago) I left Koh Tao at 2:45 PM on the Lomprayah High Speed Ferry. Then I took a bus to the Chumphon Train Station, where I dropped of my luggage and wandered the city until my train came. I ate mochi in coconut milk and some sort of chocolate … Continue reading After Koh Tao

Yesterday, I:

Did some troubleshooting regarding coral nurseries, thought about the Bahamas and regional difference a lot. Forgot my fins.  I forgot my fins. I am a "professional diver” at this point and I forgot my fins. Go team. I considered diving without fins for a second, but when I thought in terms of risk management and … Continue reading Yesterday, I: