For CoralGardening, April 2019 was all about the ADEX. This dive exhibition in Singapore is the largest and longest-running exhibition in Asia, which is entirely dedicated to our oceans. This year’s topic is a theme that no one could have missed and to which every individual can contribute in a simple way: ‘Moving towards a Plastic-Free Future’. In short, a future in which single-used plastic no longer occurs and therefore does not end up in our oceans after use, as is so often the case today.
With dozens of promoters of, state of the art diving gear, underwater photography, mermaid swimming lessons, ocean artists, providers of live-a-boards and much more, it was the place to be for anyone interested in diving or being professionally involved. So for CoralGardening it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with our committed partners, colleagues and of course (potential) volunteers. With our decorated kidscorner, we educated the youngest generation about the beauty of our oceans, it’s beautiful coral reefs and numerous species of fish. Because the sad fact is that if people continue to exploit the ocean in this way, their children will probably see more plastic than fish in the ocean.
It is good to see that there are more and more people who understand the importance of healthy oceans and that this theme is also more topical in Asia than ever. The fair is in the past now and Coral Gardening is currently in Koh Tao, Thailand, it’s home base. Here we are preparing ourselves for our next project on Bangka Island in Indonesia to restore by dynamite destroyed coral reefs. With this project we will get the local people involved as much as possible, to spread the word about the importance of the coral reefs and they can generate an income from a healthy reef.