Coral Planting Borneo @ TRACC

Save a Reef Plant a Coral.

Why Plant a Coral???

                                                                                                                                    Above: Euphilla ancora          TRACC (the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre) in Sabah, Malaysia is committed to help save our coral reefs, due to their exceptionally high biodiversity and their positive effect on fish stocks.  Coral reefs are one of the most important ecosystems in Borneo, as they produce food for millions of people. Many different coral species are currently facing extinction, and coral reefs in general are facing severe decline. If this widespread decline of coral reefs continues entire fisheries stand to crash. Some of the major factors that are contributing to the decline of coral reefs are: 

  • Bleaching due to increasing ocean temperatures.
  • Harmful fishing practices like fish bombing and cyanide fishing.
  • Sedimentation and increased nutrient load due to improper waste disposal.      
  • Removal of top predators upsetting the balance of the food-web.        

To help offset this, our guests are invited to learn how to plant coral fragments, broken coral  pieces recovered from a damaged reef,  into fake rock which goes back onto a damaged reef to help it recover.  Fish and crabs move in, the coral grows and within a year or two it is hard to see that this is a replanted reef.

So if you are interested in helping to save the reef and have time to volunteer please consider our diving volunteer project.  This is near Sipadan, Sabah in Malaysia on the island of Borneo.  Suitable for Families, Gap year students, volunteer abroad or scuba diving volunteers. The best part is you do not need to dive, snorkelling is fine but we will teach you to scuba dive with PADI so you can see the amazing biodiversity for yourself.  The island has a beautiful white sand beach with turtles nesting and sharks & Rays on the deeper reefs.