During the low season, we attended a training session run by SAMPAN (Strengthening Andaman Marine Protected Areas Network Programme) and Green Fins. During this session, it was agreed that each dive centre on Koh Lanta would be responsible for an area of reef within the Koh Lanta National Park. There will be monthly surveys of invertebrates, and at the beginning and end of the season, there will be a full survey of the coral.
On Saturday 9th November 2013, Hidden Depths Diving conducted their first survey of our area of reef, located around Koh Haa 2 and into the lagoon. Instructor Gary Eldridge, Divemaster trainee Jack Willans and Assistant Base Manager at GVI Phang Nga Laura Mulvey conducted the survey.
Gary said “I have dived this site hundreds of times over the last few years, but conducting this survey made me look at the reef in a whole new light”
Using the very handy waterproof booklet supplied by Green Fins Thailand, the guys were able to check both the coral and the marine life in the area. All of those who participated in survey concluded that the reef is in very good health, with a wide variety of reef life and lots of healthy hard corals.