return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Nurturing life for sea – preserve sea coral

Members of the PADI Vietnam diving team name the coral culture trips ‘Planting a branch of coral - giving it to future generations'. Their acts - the first seeds have been sown in the seabed - will hopefully further be followed by others.
Nurturing life for sea – preserve sea coral ảnh 1 Coral branches are cultured on rigs and closely monitored for growth (Photo: PADI Vietnam)
Leader of the PADI Vietnam diving team Nguyen Ha Minh Tri said being an international diving instructor with more than 23 years of experience in the diving industry, he has witnessed the transformation of coral reefs over time in all the waters of Vietnam. In recent years, coral reefs everywhere have gradually died due to climate change, environmental pollution, and human destruction, gradually the area for coral has been significantly narrowed.
According to Mr. Tri, if this situation continues, soon humans will no longer see beautiful coral reefs. Therefore, he and his fellow students and partners came up with ideas for growing coral. They will carry out the coral culture programs in the places they were going.
Currently, the group includes several dozen members from localities such as Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, An Giang, Kien Giang, Lao Cai, Hai Phong who have professional diving licenses. Last mid-May, the group should have organized a three-day tour combining tourism and recreating marine corals in Vinh Hy Bay in Nha Trang City.
However, this activity has now been moved to July due to bad weather and equipment not arriving in time.
The coral culture work has been researched and tested by Mr. Minh Tri's group, starting from a few small branches in Nha Trang waters by the method of gluing coral directly onto the rock and dead coral block with the cement and binder. He announced that after nearly 4 months, these coral branches are growing very well and are healthy.
In addition, the group also planted 2 coral rigs on pylons according to the nursery model in Ninh Thuan waters for two months and the results are also positive as 90 percent of the corals incubated here have sprouted and are growing very well while about 10 percent are covered with moss, so they are a bit weak due to lack of light.
After culturing, the team regularly observes and monitors the growth of the coral branches and is happy to see them healthy, sprouting, coloring and especially small fish.
“We are not discouraged and we don’t give up because before implementing the program, all participants determined that growing coral is not like growing trees. We surely have to wait 5-10 years or maybe a few decades to see. Therefore, we have named the trip ‘Planting a branch of coral - giving it to future generations', said Mr. Tri.
Nurturing life for sea – preserve sea coral ảnh 2 Coral branches are cultured on rigs and closely monitored for growth (Photo: PADI Vietnam)
He said this activity can only be done with the consent of the local government and the support of the people living there. Fortunately, from the very beginning, the group has always received encouragement from locals and they considered it a source of motivation to continue making the program.
In particular, the group's activities are completely non-profit. To maintain the budget, the members together buy materials and machinery. Even though some units offered to sponsor the program, the group did not accept it because the funding was not much.
Mr. Minh Tri shared that the group’s message is that people should take part in the preservation and protection of coral reefs because coral reefs help us protect the coast, avoid big waves, and are the habitat and development of aquatic animals. If the coral reef disappears, it also means that we will no longer have fish, shrimp, snails, and other aquatic and seafood species, and the tourism industry will also be severely affected.
The PADI diving team's coral culture is just the beginning and the journey ahead is very long. Mr. Minh Tri said, in order to replicate this model, after 6 months of studying and monitoring the growth of planted coral branches, if more than 70 percent of coral reefs are alive and well developed, the group will announce how to plant coral reefs on social networking sites and instruct people to join hands to regenerate coral reefs across the country.
The more people involved in this work, the more opportunities for coral reefs to recover, said Minh Tri.

Source: SGGP

MORE NEWS

Da Nang City calls for investment

The Government will keep following reform policies in administrative procedure, legal environment, more transparency and publicity in creating trusts and confidence among businesses investing in VN and Danang with the win-win target.

Vietnam up 39 notches in quality of life index rankings globally

Vietnam has made great strides in improving its living standard as it jumped 39 notches in the global quality of life index rankings in 2021, revealed CEOWORLD, the world’s leading business and trade magazine.

Australian Foreign Minister begins Vietnam visit

Foreign Minister Penny Wong began a two-day visit to Vietnam on June 26 in an effort to further promote the dynamic partnership between the two countries.

Miss Grand International 2023 to be held in Vietnam

Vietnam will be the host country of Miss Grand International 2023.

Top legislator meets Deputy Speaker of Hungarian parliament

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue visited Albertirsa city on June 26 as part of his official visit to Hungary, where he was welcomed by Deputy Speaker of the Hungarian parliament István Jakab and city officials.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS JUNE 26

Agricultural sector ensures food security, exports

Vietnamese become famous for gold-wearing ‘hobby’

The hobby of wearing gold all over the body has attracted the attention of the public, even foreign news sites.

Hue Festival 2022 opens with glamor show

The week-long Hue Festival 2022 was kicked off on June 25 evening by a unique art programme and Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional gown) show.

Bach Long Glass Bridge - A news tourist attraction in Moc Chau

A glass-bottomed bridge named Bach Long (White Dragon) was recently inaugurated in Moc Chau and it has immediately become a new tourist attraction.

Vietnam among few countries totally re-open int’l tourism market

Vietnam is the only only Southeast Asian country that has reopened international tourism without any COVID-19 restrictions, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman’s story of being a writer

Assistant to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang says journalism not only means reporting information, but it also has the function of leading public opinion.

Another S.Korean airline resumes direct service to Khanh Hoa

An Air Seoul flight carrying 187 passengers from the Incheon international airport arrived at the Cam Ranh International Airport in Khanh Hoa Province on June 24.

Interest subsidy vs monetary loosening

Some recent reports have indicated that the monetary policy of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is not in sync with the global trend.

Developers expect smoother LNG policy planning

In Vietnam, about 20 LNG-fired power projects are in the pipeline. Some of these programmes, however, have yet to identify a fuel source.
back_to_top