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VDST Seminar in El Quadim Bay

Under the leadership of Ralph Schill, Director of the Department of the Environment and Science, a seminar on the biology and ecology of coral reefs in the Bay of Quadim El Quseir was organized for the fourth consecutive year by VDST (Verband Deutscher Sportaucher - the German Association of Recreational Divers), SUBEX Dive Center and the Mövenpick Resort.

For the participants, there were theory and practical sessions. These were based on in-depth presentations from the benefits of "dual organism" stony corals as the architects of coral reefs, to the diverse habitats and their inhabitants in the reef. Dangers and the threats to the reef community were not excluded from the seminar program.

The El Quadim Bay is in many respects ideal for such a seminar. First, because the participants can focus on the extensive study materials prepared in 2005 on the status of coral reefs in this bay. Second, participants will be able to study the schemes in place at SUBEX, an environmentally-friendly and natural resource-saving diving operation, to understand the theory and practice of environmentally-friendly diving. Third, the special dives for the seminar are available accessible from the beach or the pontoon. A singular highlight was the night dive, where it was essential to observe the fluorescence of the corals. "What a great sea of color," said an enthusiastic diver from Zurich! In subsequent dives, participants noted the biodiversity, the seemingly endless variety of corals, animals and plants associated with the reef, they tried to identify and record fish on underwater slates.

 

The next El Quadim Bay seminar will be held in November 2010.

 

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