The best review of TRACC

Our best review is on Trip advisor – “I just got back from my second tour at TRACC and I am already booked for my third starting at the end of the year. So what makes TRACC so special? It’s a unique combination of several factors that I’ve never found anywhere else in a lifetime […]

Batu Rua Reef

Batu rua is a great dive site and hopefully will be the centre of our coral planting activites for many years to come. We have an application pending with the Sabah government for a coral farm on our own officially recognised area.  The reef is very close to Kalapuan island where we are building a […]

Why we don’t do many marine surveys!

We are always being asked for survey data from our dives often by students and while we try to oblige, much of our data is not published or is part of a ongoing study. We’ve been diving around Borneo for over 15 years now and have done many surveys in the past.  Our reef survey […]

Marine conservation opportunities

Tracc has a limited number of marine conservation opportunities each year. We normally choose interns from ex- volunteers who have been with TRACC for 8 weeks.  The volunteers who are selected have normally reached rescue diver and are keen, enthisiastic and committed.  The internship is usually 12 weeks.  The interns devide into two groups diving […]

Volunteers needed for larval fish settlement project, 2014

We need volunteers to monitor our replanted reefs for larval fish settlement during the summer months ( March – Oct 2014).  We have lots of planted reefs with healthy growing coral. These planted reefs attract existing adult fish very quickly.  This is very satisfying but doesn’t actually increase the number of fish on the island.  […]

Turtle bottle reef

The turtle bottle reef was cute rather than accurate – after all how many turtles have bottles growing out of the shell. The turtle was made with bottles collected from the beach and was an excellent way to recycle plastic bottles which would otherwise washup on beaches for years. The basic structure was added to […]

the devil ray bottle reef

The devil ray bottle reef was assembled on the Northern Tip of Pom Pom Island in the summer of 2012.  The bottle edging frame was filled with bottles washed up on the beach.  The bottles were then covered with broken coral fragments from a bomb blast site. Success, within 2 weeks of the bottles – […]

Shark bottle reef 3 – Aug 2012

The shark bottle reef at the end of construction, Filled with bottles and then hard corals planted on the top. The fish moved in very quickly – especially a school of blue devil damsels. x x x x x x x x Shark reef Construction 1 — Placement 2 — Planting 3 aug 2012 – […]

shark reef 2 UW assembly

The shark was taken apart once the cement had set and reassembled underwater.  This is the true measure of your peak performance buoyancy, can you lift and move a large concrete block underwater while taking care not to damage any living coral.   The basic shark sculpture was an outline made in old beer bottles.  […]

shark bottle reef – construction – 1

The beach on Pom Pom gets lots of bottles washed up with the tide. We created a shark sculpture from bottles with a base of cement.  (Click here for volunteers making bottle reefs) The shark was taken apart once the cement had set and reassembled underwater.  This is the true measure of your peak performance […]

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