Saturday, January 13, 2018

Coral Reef Restoration in the Andaman Sea

While things are moving along with "Project Manaia" in many ways it is about time for you to get an update again...

So here we go, this weeks update for all our precious subscribers, readers and of course supporters and Patrons!
Hope you enjoy it!

Also don't forget, our Supporters mean a lot to us, so we also happily welcome them on board if they want to learn more about the work we do, the Project, the life on Board a boat or whatever else you might be curious about!
Fair winds and following Seas!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Moving on to new shores

This time around we created not just one but TWO different videos to tell you the story of the latest developments. What we would need from YOU to do is to tell us which version you like better so we can work in the right direction in the episodes to come!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Getting Ready again

Sea Nomad at Anchor in Boulder Bay
With the End of the Season right in front of us there is one last showdown coming out here on Boulder Island in the Mergui Archipelago.
The Owner of "Boulder Bay Eco Resort" along aith 30 friends and employees is coming out here for 4 days and a big meeting amongst all the higher ranks of his endeavour.

For us (Project Manaia) this could be the time when things are decided for the next Seasons to come. With bureaucracy in Myanmar being rather painful and difficult to deal with (and more expensive than most other places in the world) it is somewhat questionable if Sea Nomad will be able to sail Myanmar waters again any time soon. Also because our 2 year Permit for Mergui will be expired by the beginning of the next Season.

We are already looking into Projects in the Philippines to Pursue ones Sea Nomad had her earned Rest back in Phuket and another little makeover befor heading past Sinagpore and on to the Philippines. Reef Restauration would be the big focus of this Project, trying to re establish reef structures where they used to be but became victims to climate change, dynamite fishing, diving industry or boating abuse. Reefs are under threat around the world, with only about 2% of Ocean floor being covered by them it is amazing they can still house up to one quarter of the (known) marine life!
And they do a lot for us - protecting us from big waves, add color to the environment, produce Oxygen, they are the nurseries for all the fish we like to eat and provide home for many species forther down the food chain.

All this is just too easily ignored when it comes to the convenience of not questioning fishing methods, that are in many cases destructive. And this is one of the key points where we all and society has to link in - raise the awareness so all of us acutally know what kind of practices we support by buying from a certain company or brand.
But much more on this in our "Simple Marine Biology" on Coral Reefs and Coral Bleach...

Threats for Coral Reefs

With Cruise ships ramming entire reefs these days (recently happened with a UK Cruiseship destroying one of the most pristine Coral Reefs in Indonesia) the question came up what the biggest threats to Coral Reefs are.
And of course there is unfortunately more than just one:
Ocean acidification, global warming, cruise ships, anchors, Dynamite fishing, bottom trawling, Nutrient input from land, loose sediment being washed in from shore and the list goes on and on.

With so many threats lined up it is a matter of time before reefs get on a declining path and as a matter of fact they have been on it for about 50 years. Ever since the industriel revolution kicked in, Reefs got knocked out. Due to malpractices at sea but also changing climates. One of the biggest issues in the early stages were bottom trawlers, simply wiping out entire reefs in one single pass.

Nowadays we are facing more "sophisticated" problems that are also manmade but more of an indirect impact.

With rising temperatures the Oceans can take up more Carbon Dioxyde and get more acidic, which in return stops coral from binding Calcium to build their skeletons. The same is true for many other marine creatures including shell building plankton.
Also with the rising temperatures of the water the Algae, that lifes in a symbiosis with the coral is leaving the coral - anything more than 30 Degrees centegrate becomes too much for them and the coral looses their biggest source of sugar. With the algae gone it only takes few more days to weeks before the coral itself starts to die off.

And of course there is more problems we cause for ourselves: With more and more nutrient input from humans - via big rivers, fertilizers from farmlands or even sewage, that was not properly taken care of in island resorts or (cruise)ships.
The extra Nutrients allow algae to grow, overrunning coral reefs around the world. Since coral has an incredibly slow growth rate they cannot compeed with algae of any kind and will simply be burried by fresh algae, loosing their source of light and therefore their livelihoods.

All those and much more in one of our "Simple Marine Biology" lessons right here on youtube.


Friday, June 17, 2016

What if...

... the world didn't need saving?

Coming back to Austria one of the always returning topics seems to be what is often called the "Refugee crisis". Now what if this was not a crisis? How can anybody blame people for running away from a war? Not running from bad economy but actually running for their life - because of a war in their home. Obviously I can't speak for everyone else, but I would certainly make a move if there was war around here.
And now keep thinking about the next years to come? Big draughts, floods, massive weather phenomenas occuring around the world in many places with different effects. All of them having one thing in common: They do become more frequent and more intense.

So what would that mean for us? Well, being in the center of Europe this doesn't affect us too much yet, sea level needs to rise more than 500 meters before we get wet feet, storms don't have the space to build up too bad and all together, we got tons of drinking water - in fact enough to flush it down the toilet, so why worry?
Guess there would be one good reason: If things go bad in one place, the people who life there will move on (only an assumption) - and where would they ultimately go? Yeah, right! They will move our way, it is the safest place you could possibly go to - at least for the decades to come. But again - what to do?

Many people around the world are working hard to save the planet, save the environment, save the oceans - and it is a great cause to work for... only, the world doesn't need saving. The planet will be fine, no matter what. It can sit back, wait a couple of million years and recover. mankind on the other hand can't. Ones the Oceans collapse as an eco system, plancton dies, we loose 70 Percent of our oxygen (produced by algae, that is floating around as plancton) and we wouldn't even realise, because we are busy hunting for the last few fish and sell them for a lot of money...
Ultimately we gotta start moving in a better direction, stop burning fossil fuels, stop catching every last fish in the oceans, cutting down rain forests, extincting species after species around the entire globe. But it is not for the planet - it is for our very own survival - and This is what it is going to be - and faster rather than slower... so lovely people around the planet, please move... and move now!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Wrap-up of 2015

One entire year is already over - MABR is finally starting through after extensive work on the boat. Now that our platform is back in expedition ready state we are eagerly awaiting our launch in one day!
Have a look at our one year Wrap Up video here:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Moken Explorer - Episode 3

We have been working hard again this last week and are still hitting new bumps every day almost. Now this coming week we have to head to Phuket again, hand in paperwork, have it signed off at the Consulate, head back to Myanmar, keep working on the boat and get a whole lot of hard work done - And we will deffinitely try our best to make it all happen!