The practice of Cyanide fishing for the live fish trade has also reduced populations of many species to critical levels. Through raising environmental awareness, campaigning for tighter restrictions on illegal fishing, and volunteers’ conservation efforts, the project is creating solutions to these problems and aiding the recovery of the reef and greater ocean environment.
By collecting fragments of hard and soft corals and transplanting them into damaged areas, volunteers are aiding the recovery of these habitats and increasing biodiversity. Greater fish populations encourage larger predators such as reef sharks and rays to remain resident in this marine sanctuary, which is the ultimate goal.
Volunteers have made a huge difference in marine conservation in this area. Since volunteers have started at the project, fish are more plentiful, the coral is growing and there are more turtles and sharks. The increase in marine life is because of the work volunteers have done helping replant coral off the island. Some of the coral is now saucepan sized, and there is an incredible difference in fish numbers in these planted areas versus the non-planted parts.