International Year Of the Reef, 2018
February 4, 2018

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef.

This initiative encourages awareness about the values of and threats to reefs worldwide. The idea is to implement effective conservation strategies and promote sustainable use of these resources. Furthermore, it promotes sharing information in this respect on the best practices of coral reef management.


History

In response to the increasing threats to reef ecosystems around the world, 1997 was declared as the first International Year of the Reef (IYOR). IYOR was a global effort to support conservation, research and management efforts. Over 225 organizations in 50 countries and territories participated, and hundreds of scientific surveys were undertaken.

Still, 11 years later there continued to be an urgent need to address threats to reef ecosystems. On that note, 2008 was declared as the second International Year Of the Reef. IYOR 2008 was a year-long campaign of events and initiatives hosted by organizations around the world, to promote conservation action and improve awareness about the matter. From international organizations to village children, people from around the world celebrated IYOR 2008. More than 630 events were organized in over 65 countries and territories around the world.

Public awareness is necessary to ensure that the value of and the threats to reefs are understood by the general public.


What about Us?

Temple Adventures has always stood with the ocean and always will. Through the Conservation Wing, we plan to establish a strong research station at Pondicherry for scientists across India and the world. Apart from conservation-based research, we aim to educate the larger public on the need for conservation of oceans at large.

We plan on starting marine outreach programs for fishermen communities, in order to work hand-in-hand with fishermen to protect the seas. With the intention of introducing more young minds to the field of marine ecology and conservation, we now accept applications for our various Volunteering and Internship programs for students interested in obtaining exposure in the field.


Research

Temple Adventures’ Marine Conservation wing is continuing to research the reef ecosystems of Pondicherry. We aim to monitor reef health over a long-term period and track any ecological changes that occur. Such research will help develop early-warning signals of environmental stress, so we can take action!

Studying mesophotic (deeper than 30m) reefs is vital. The coral life found at greater depths tends to be more resilient to climate change, and we aim to find out how.

By studying and recording marine biodiversity along Pondicherry’s coastline, we can understand the effect the human factor has had on reef ecosystems. While working with fisheries, the opportunity to investigate fishing practices off Pondicherry and the effect artificial reefs have becomes available.


Education and Awareness

As a dive centre, we provide top-notch diver education. We want to certify safe and responsible divers, for both themselves and the environment they dive in. The primary goal is to cultivate a curiosity of and a responsibility for the ocean, among everyone.

Making marine conservation a mainstream part of diver education is vital. When informed dive professionals can pass on what they know, the ocean becomes a happier place – one diver at a time!


Let us help you help the Ocean!

Stay tuned for more…

Until then,

Aloha!

Tinku, Lucy and Beast

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