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PASC- INTRODUCTORY CORAL PROGRAM

The Pantai Hospitals Group have gathered at Pulau Redang doing a coral propagation program. Sixty one participants from their branch hospitals around Peninsular Malaysia took part in this project. The venue is at Mutiara Resort the program is organised by Sea Monkey Dive Center and Pantai Ampang Sports Club (PASC). This is also the first program facilitated under the flagship of Sea Shepherd Malaysia. Some of the participants take this opportunity to complete their diving course.
Who is there
The occasion sees the participation of the CEO and few key persons from Pantai Holdings. Sea Shepherd volunteers is also on site to help with collecting and propagating the coral broodstocks. PASC committee members kept the itinerary in-checked and render assistance when needed.  Diving supervision and training is provided by Sea Monkey Dive Center. Four trainers from Ocean Quest take the tasks of facilitating the coral propagation. Local crews from Mutiara Resort is also involved in boating and snorkeling activities for the participants. Everyone is involved in filling the program itinerary with activities.
The Coral Propagation
This is an introductory program for all the participants. It involves basic demonstrations on coral fragging by Ocean Quest trainers. Collection of coral broodstocks, live rocks and propagation activity is handled by trainers, volunteers from Sea Shepherd Malaysia and certified divers from PASC. All the activities is conducted from shore so that the non-diving participants can learn and help with the process of coral fragging.

Broodstock is collected from broken fragments of corals found on the sea floor. There is no extraction of any corals from healthy colonies. In the Ocean Quest system we use natural live rocks to attach the coral fragments. There is no need for man made substrates like PVC pipes, steel structures or concrete pots. This guarantees that we did no leave any harmful substances where we propagate the corals.
The Site
The coral broodstocks are placed in protected areas between the reef crest and the rubble bed. The corals shall be left undisturbed for few months till they grow to suitable size before they are moved to the damaged areas. The site is just off the shores of Pantai Teluk Kalong. This site is chosen because it is easily accessible. Coral species selected for the program are all from genus Acropora.

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