Who are we?
Conservation Cambodia is part of Cambodia Diving Academy located in the coastal Cambodia township of Sihanoukville, with a two-pronged approach. In the water, we protect our local reefs, out of the water, we create awareness among both the local people of Cambodia and across national borders. Our goal is to create a long-term coral propagation nursery as well as an information center that informs people of sustainable marine practices.
Healthy coral reefs and a clean ambiance are an indispensable part of a sustainable environment. The marine wildlife is dependent on this, and a flourished reef encourages tourism and supports the local’s livelihood. Human-related influences such as pollution and climate change prohibit growth and cause damage and death of the coral reefs in the Koh Rong archipelago. Garbage, anchoring on the reef, unsustainable and reef-destroying fishing methods, untrained or careless divers are many reasons why we need to protect and support the regeneration of
the coral reefs.
As a volunteer, you will work in different areas of marine conservation. The first priority is the coral nursery, which includes building rock beds or preparation tables, collecting broken coral, attaching coral to the rocks, and regular checkups. Reef clean-ups are another regular activity done to remove rubbish that has drifted onto the reefs. Once a coral frame is healthy enough, you will assist in transplanting it back to a local reef.
What problems do we face?
OVER 10 ISLANDS OF CAMBODIA ARE BEING ILLEGALLY FISHED
DYNAMITE FISHING, CYANIDING AND TRAWLING ARE STILL COMMON
REEFS ARE BEING DESTROYED AND ARE NOT REGENERATING FAST ENOUGH
Cambodia has an amazing coastline and even more amazing islands. There are over 50 islands just off the coast of Sihanoukville. Having such a large area to protect and not having the means to do so is a very difficult task for the Cambodian Government and local villages.
People have just come to realize how much illegal fishing is taking place and the effects it has on the local communities. To this day, people still hear dynamite going off in the water. There are around 17% of families in the surrounding islands do not have enough seafood to feed their families adequately.
Coral farming is something very new to Cambodia. Conservation Cambodia is the only organization that does this and that is fully supported by the Cambodian Government. We take broken or damaged coral caused by anchoring or from scuba divers and use these on our coral farms. These methods are used all over the world with slight variations to suit conditions and have proven to be very successful with very visible growth rates within 6 months.