Asian Diver Issue 2/2014

Your guide to ADEX 2014

ASIAN DIVER has a lot to be thankful for this issue. The divers whom are part of the official publication of the Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) have had the pleasure of being reminded of the stunning colours that lie within our cerulean adoration.

It prompts us to reinforce our duty to keep our reefs safe, so that they may continue to thrive as our Earth’s precious gems, gloriously cherished. On a final note, Asian Diver is especially delighted to be the world’s first dive magazine that has plunged into the realm of Augmented Reality (AR). Wherever you see this logo, , simply scan the page and be entertained with additional content. Here, still pictures come to life. Search for “arscan”, download the app and dive into a new digital phenomenon.

Keep it real, keep it fun, keep it compelling…

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New Hope for Asia's Coral Reefs.
Rocking corals back to life.

*By: Thomas j.goreau, PhD

ASIA HAS THE LARGEST and best coral reefs in the world, but its coral reef ecosystems are in rapid decline, an occurence which is part of a global phenomenon. More than 100 countries are seeing their marine biodiversity, fisheries, tourism and shore protection services collapse. Only the oldest divers can tell you what we have lost because all scientific surveys began long after the decline was underway.

Karang Lestari
Saving a community

*By: Karin Van Beeck

AT THE FOOT of the Pulaki Mountains in the northwest of Bali, lies the beautiful bay of Pemuteran. Here, you can find spectacular reefs and a huge variety of marine life only a five-minute boat ride from the coast. It is a real divers’ paradise with coral gardens, dropoffs, muck-dive sites and even an underwater temple! However, the story of Pemuteran was not always a happy one.

The Return to Familiar waters
Coral propagation programmes in Malaysia

*By Anuar Abdullah

Since its introduction in 2012, the Ocean Quest Coral Propagation Program has been accepted and implemented in various locations in Peninsular Malaysia. Although somewhat recent, experimentation with this concept actually began in 2004, with great success. To date, the programme has been introduced in: 1. Pulau Tenggol, Terengganu 2. Pulau Perhentian, Terengganu 3. Pulau Redang, Terengganu 4. Pulau Bidong, Terengganu 5. Pulau Lalang, Perak 6. Pulau Songsong, Kedah

Treasured Territory
Aldabra’s untouched paradise

*By Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF)

THE REMOTE WILDERNESS of Aldabra atoll, one of the Seychelles’ southernmost islands, is approximately 1,066 kilometres southwest of the main island of Mahé. The Aldabra group comprises a distinct and isolated group of coral islands. Aldabra itself is the world’s largest raised coral atoll some 35 kilometres long by 14 kilometres wide, with a total land area of around 140 square kilometres. Its geographical isolation, rough terrain and scarcity of fresh water have deterred large human populations from settling. As a result, Aldabra is significantly less disturbed than other atolls worldwide. It remains as an outstanding example of a coral atoll and, in 1982, gained World Heritage Status from UNESCO.

Watching Wakatobi
A working coral reef

*By Professor David J Smith

CORAL REEFS are the most biodiverse marine systems. Those corals that produce reef structures provide habitat for many thousands of species, many of which probably remain undiscovered. What a shame it would be to see reefs destroyed during our lifetime when we are their present day guardians. The loss of reefs on our watch is a very real possibility; it may not be our fault, but apathy, burying our heads in the preverbal sand and inactivity would make us as culpable as any other generation.

Too Close for Comfort
The Christmas Grimm

*By justin gilligan

IN THE DAWN LIGHT, endemic Christmas Island frigate birds watch from the amphitheatre of cliffs that surround Flying Fish Cove, like silent sentinels in the darkness, as sea conditions worsen. Down below, at the foot of the crescentshaped bay, the MV Tycoon, an 85-metre Panamanian-flagged cargo ship is moored. Her crew awaits daybreak to finish loading bagged phosphate bound for Malaysia. But the swell rises before the sun, and the second mate wakes the Master to warn him of the deteriorating weather conditions.

Go for The Glow
The science behind coral colours

*By Dr Cecilia D’angelo and Prof. Jörg Wiedenmann

THE STUNNING COLOURS of corals attract many divers to the reefs of the world. The Indo-Pacific region in particular, a hotspot of coral biodiversity, is home to a large number of species with spectacular colours. While the brownish appearances of some corals under daylight is due to the photosynthetic pigments of the symbiotic algae that live in their tissue, most of the green, red and purple-blue hues are caused by a family of protein pigments.