Kon-Tiki Krabi´s International Beach Clean Up – 2013

Kon-tiki krabi clean up day 2013 all volunteersAs with all the previous years we always look forward to September with excitement, the clean-up day is here.

We prepared ourselves with all necessary equipment like rubbish bags, gloves, fruit and drinks, data sheet, 1st aid kit and of course all of the prizes from our generous sponsors. After all the banners were in place, prizes displayed, rubbish bags and information posters were in place, we got started.

We welcomed all of our volunteers, dive guests, KRABI tourist police, and a team of almost 14 people from Macro, Paulo, the owner from Long tail boat restaurant, and some tourists. All in all we were about 50 people gathering rubbish on Ao Nang beach, willing to make an impact for the environment.

Everyone got divided into teams and was provided 1 big rubbish bag, 1 big ice bag (for more dangerous materials) and latex gloves to use when picking up all the garbage with. We also informed and provided our collectors with data sheets from Project AWARE, so we could record all of our findings. This information will send to Project AWAREs database, being an important tool for Project AWARE, as they lobby different governments on what is happening and how the environment is affected. But also to keep statistics if we get more or less debris as the years goes by.

Cleanup dady 2013 Kon-Tiki Diving & Snorkeling Center Ao Nang

The day was a great success and just this morning we managed to collect 106 kg of rubbish in just 2 hours.

To make it more exciting for our volunteers we made the day in to a small contest with our sponsors handing out the following prizes.

1st prize – Aqualung Departure bag (value of 6890 baht) donated from Aquamaster in Phuket

2nd prize – Dinner for two at Carnivore Steak & Grill (value of 2000 baht) & Pepeete Snorkeling set from One Stop

3rd prize – Mix of swimming goggles, rash guard from One Stop and many different items from Blue Mango Restaurant

There were of course the Project AWARE diplomas, as well as other small handout to other participants, like the Krabi tourist police and to MACRO who all helped out with the beach cleaning.

It was a perfect day with small glimpses of sun, even though the rain was pouring down on us.

Kon-Tiki Krabi would like to send a big thank you to our Sponsors

Sponsors cleanupday ao nang 2013

More happenings coming up in high season, so keep posted for “Dive for Earth” and “Divers Night”!!

Kon-Tiki Krabi

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Kon-Tiki Krabi´s Instructors is swimming for the sharks!

PADI Instructors Christoffer Andersson, Olle Tjernberg, Kon-Tiki Krabi  General Manager Malene Jensen

Yesterday we showed the world that we take the fight for the sharks by implement our Finathon.

What is the Finathon™? Like a swimathon, fun run, cycle race or marathon – the Finathon is a great way to bring the community together, raise awareness and funds to support this unique cause. With your help and support can we:

Fight to stop shark finning

Insist on full protections for critically endangered sharks

Negotiate stronger policies to ensure a brighter future for all sharks

Shark fishing is largely unregulated around the world. Overfishing, bycatch and finning – the cutting of sharks fins and throwing away the body at sea – kills thousands of sharks every day. Project AWARE has recently helped close loopholes in the EU finning ban and secure international trade protections for 8 of the world’s most vulnerable sharks and rays. But, to ensure the survival of sharks, stricter, enforceable controls are needed for more species at national, regional and global levels.

Two of our finest instructors accepted the challenge to swim for Ao Nang beach to Poda Island if we raised 500$ but we didn’t reach all the way to our goal and ended up at a little bit over 300$. But our instructors still felt that they had to do something, they swam from Ao Nang beach, pass Tonsai beach to Railey west and then ending up at Phra Nang Beach, a distance of around 4.5 kilometer in the time of two hours and forty minutes in rain and wavy weather.

We at Kon-Tiki Krabi would like say thanks to all people who donated money to our event and help us spread: Extinction is not an option!

If you want to take action and fight for the sharks, you can find more information about how you can make a different at http://www.projectaware.org/

Christoffer and Olle start Swimming for Finathon

 

Finathon Kon-Tiki Krabi 2013 August

 

Christoffer and Olle kon-Tiki Krabi project AWARE finathon

Kon-Tiki Lanta is releasing a new Android app to support Project AWARE

Andaman Reef Guide diving thailand

“Andaman Reef Guide” is a simple application that holds a database and interesting facts about the species on the reefs of the Andaman Sea.

By purchasing this app for around 100 baht the user will get access to 300 pictures and information about the coral reef. 20% of the profits will go to Project AWARE, a foundation that supports the conservation of the marine environment.

The application is also linked to monthly updates on the Kon-Tiki website that holds more in depths information regarding specific marine species.

The app will soon also be available on AppStore for iPhone.

The application can be purchased here:
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.kontiki.fishid&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImFpci5jb20ua29udGlraS5maXNoaWQiXQ

Read more about Project Aware:
http://www.projectaware.org/

Biggest cleanup in the world!

If was early up in the morning of 30th September! This day Kon-Tiki Phuket would be a part of the biggest underwater clean up in the world with more than 450 divers just as many non-divers and 16 dive boats cleaning the reefs of Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Coral island and Phi Phi islands. .

Earlier this year, Tony Andrews, PADI regional manager for west Thailand contacted all dive centers with an idea of doing an underwater clean up. At the first meeting around 10 dive centers showed up for support and within the next couple of months the event just got bigger and bigger. But it was not only dive centers participating. All official government offices were there from marine police and the Thai navy to governor office to tourist authorities of Thailand.

Kon-Tiki left for Racha Noi with around 20 divers. Our task was cleaning up Banana Bay south. Onboard our staff Mikael Stenberg, Mikael Nilsson, Michael Mengel and Jim Chance went through the day’s program with all the other divers. We went through how to collect rubbish, what we should take back to the boat or leave, how to separate it and how to protect the ocean in the future.

First dive went good and with the staff guiding the divers and filling the bags. Then we had time for lunch and ready for the second dive. The biggest thing we found was a fishing net weighting around 300 KG and we estimate we had just about 600 kg of rubbish. We found things like ropes, cans, glass bottle, plastic bottle and fishing lines.

Before reaching the pier all boats who participated gather together at Koh Lon for a group photo. But the day didn’t end there. In the evening everyone was invited to party at Kan Eng 2 in Chalong. We had speeches from PADI and government officials, raffles (I won a dry bag), donations to Go Eco Phuket, free food, free beers, live bands and as the big surprise, JOB 2 DO a very famous Thai band.

In total 15 tons was collected, 450 divers and just as many non-divers, more than 100,000 THB donated to Go Eco Phuket underlined that this was a new world record for most people doing an underwater clean up. Will we do it again – Absolutely!

Kon-Tiki Phuket likes to say thank you to all who participated and anyone else who was involved in this event. Without you we couldn’t have done it. If you have pictures or stories you like to share please send an e-mail to Michael Wallentin at manager@kontiki-phuket.com

The international cleanup day in Krabi sept. 30th

Cleanup Day Krabi Reef Crab Diving ThailandEvery year Kon Tiki-Krabi arranges a clean up day on this date. This year we choose to do it a little different because PADI´s big underwater cleanup in Phuket.  Instead of doing a normal reef cleanup we partnered up with the newly open dive shop in Ao Nang, The Dive. Together we went out in the Ao nang archipelago visiting three different islands. With us on the boat we had, 1 PADI Open water diver course doing his last 2 dives, 2 guests doing PADI discover scuba diving from Hong Kong, and the Dive joining with 2 divers from france and a few staff from Kon Tiki. The day was absolutely perfect with clear blue skies, a flat sea and great expectations for the dives. The total amount of rubbish collected was “sadly” only about 15m net (collected with 9 divers). This is good news, as this means that we all are getting better and better on making sure that no rubbish is just thrown overboard or just dumped where we can´t see it. In the end of the trip we also managed to get a nice donation to PROJECT AWARE from everyone that joined us.

underwater Cleanup day krabi diving thailand netNow we are counting the days until our high season schedule starts, as then we have a weekly underwater cleanup planned starting from oct 15th-apr 15th.

Slowly, we can all make small efforts. But joining forces and by doing it together, small gets big!

 

 

 

Conny Jeppson
Assistant Manager
Kon Tiki-Krabi

Dive for earth day 22nd april 2012

The day started with the normal meeting at the beach, when everyone had arrived we headed of to our longtail wich were going to take us out to our dive boat, Ing Marie. We had a briefing explaining what the day was intended to give and aslo what we were going to do. The ride out took about 2 hours and we were lucky enough to have a calm sea and no rain. As we arrived everyone started to assemble their equipment and jumping in to the water. We had been told that there were a big net covering the whole northern side – and they weren’t lying. A big net laying on about 6-10m with a length of about 150m covered the whole side. But after a great 2 dives and a lot of effort from everyone joining us this sunny day we managed to get rid of around 200kg net, 150sqm from the reef. A few crabs, anemones, sea urchins and corals were carefully cut away and the net was brought back and dropped off at the Marine park office.

Dive For Earth Day Thailand Kon-Tiki Project Aware

We hope to get out there soon again to take care of the last part of the net, and make sure that the pristine corals of Hin musang Noi keeps out of danger. We also want to say thank you to all those who were helping us out on this day.

Dive for Earth Day Thailand Kon-Tiki

Thank you Conny, Joa, Annika, Rebekka, Linnea, Eulalia, Craig, Nico, Sven, Jolen, Daniel, Marcel

Conny Jeppson

Kon-Tiki Krabi 7th international Cleanup Day

With high tides and high hopes environmental cleanup volunteers set out on Friday morning with a clear objective. Clean up the beach at Ao Nang. The stage was set, the rain held off and together with their bags and gloves, the masses were ready. Support from Chong Pli School, Anyavee Resorts, the Thai Royal Navy, the Tourist Police, the Marine Police, Krabi Resort, Krabi Magazine, Projects Aboard, Krabi Natural Resources and Environment office, Blue Mango Restaurant and One Stop Dive and together with staff from Kon-Tiki Diving and Snorkeling Centre here in Ao Nang, they set off on a cleaning spree.
Items like plastic bottle tops, cigarette butts and broken glass where common. Other items included shoes, fishing line and fishing nets. Stranger items like parts of boat, jewelry and even television parts were also found! All of these things, however, have one thing in common – they are manmade and they do not belong in the marine environment.

Marine pollution is fast becoming a huge concern for the health of our oceans. For example did you know there is a garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is the size of the US State of Texas! All of this has come from discarded manmade items and unless we change the way we look at packaging, the use of none degradable materials in there use and how we then either recycle of dispose of that packing, then this problem is only going to get worse.

The good news is that this could be a very easy problem to overcome. So what can you do to help? Well, first of all, getting involved in local beach cleanup operations is a direct action approach. Have a look at http://www.projectaware.org to find out when and where the next beach cleanup is going on near you. Project AWARE (Aquatic World Awareness Responsibility and Education) is a none profit organisation dedicated to the protection of our marine environment. Ask at any PADI Dive centre or resort near you for more details.

Secondly little things such as saying no to plastic bags which are a major contributor to marine debris. Recycle your aluminum cans. If you are a smoker pay attention to where those cigarette butts go once you’ve finished. All of these things add up to make a difference. And don’t stop there. You can also make a difference by helping spread the word. Tell your friends. Encourage them to be less wasteful and more environmentally aware.Beach Cleanup Ao nang Staff

Marine pollution not only threatens animals like turtles, fish and sea birds but ultimately it threatens us too. Our oceans are vitally important to the health of our planet. Our home. And it’s the only one we have. So before you buy those groceries from the supermarket, stop and think. Do I really need that plastic bag or could I manage without it?

We would like also to thank our generous sponsors – Pong Sak Water Supply. Carnivore Steak and Grill, Macro, Blue Mango Restaurant, Presert Fruit Shop, One Stop Dive & Aquamaster, Phuket.

Kon-Tiki Krabi Co., Ltd.
Terry Nichols