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Divemaster Challenge and Bio-degradable fishing nets

10 Dec 2014 Written by 

 

Wednesday 10th December 2014dm challenge

4 of our most recent Divemaster Trainees celebrated finishing their course in a Doctors and Nurses themed Challenge. Our new Divemasters JD, Paul, Lina and Tiffany were amazing sports putting up with what can only be called loving and admirable humiliation and abuse, in the form of syringe shots, spanking, and other rubber glove and lube hospital based games. It is a long tradition at Big Blue that the DMTs have the option of having a Challenge as a way of congratulating them on their hard work throughout their training. Training as a Divemaster is hard work but it is also one of the best courses there is in the diving industry, the DMTs and other members of staff become like a family and it is always a sad time when it is time to leave, that is why most people don’t leave Koh Tao and stay on to become Instructors which is exactly what JD has decided to do.

 

Thailand like many countries relies greatly on the oceans and rivers for their food source, and so being a fisherman is a popular career to many Thai people. Whether it is commercial for the masses, or just local, feeding only their friends and family, it will affect the fish populations, in some way. The island of Koh Tao rests approximately 65km off the East side of mainland Thailand, and is the furthest North of all islands on this coastline. The Gulf is popular for squid fishing, barracuda fishing, king mackerel fishing, and the fishing of snappers, all of which play a crucial role in this particular ecosystem.

However it is more the way they are caught that is really having disastrous and long term affects within our oceans, the use of trawler nets, purse nets, and long lines, which catch more than the targeted species and when snagged on the coral will be left at the bottom trapping more fish for during their lengthy lifespan. So a solution may finally have arrived, a bio-degradable fishing net with a tracking system so each snagged net can be recovered for repair, or if left below, can then be triggered to break down at productive rate. For more information on this new design look in to the Remora net.

 

 

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