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CORALS RESTORATION

There is no doubt that every skin diver enjoys the magnificent abundance of life on the coral reefs. The sad fact is that this extraordinary ecosystems are under the constant threat of destruction all over the world. During the next few decades it is crucial to save the world’s barrier reefs.
It is of primary importance to protect and rejuvenate this maritime heritage.
The coral reef is not only a visual wonder but also an important source of revenue and life support for millions of people.
The restoration, defence and protection of coral reefs is the mission of Compagnons des Mers. This is an association of volunteers fully aware of the threat to the reef and determined to do something to save our marine world.
“Skin-divers are on the front line and are well equipped to understand these problems and they are able to take action. With their determination and responsiveness, big things can be achieved” say Alain Deguine, founder of Compagnons des Mers.

Since 2004, Compagnons des Mers has established a prototype site in the Red Sea, in Egypt at the hotel Safir.
This pilot site is a complete operation to coordinate the protection and conservation of the local reefs including research and education as well as the different economic aspects of these activities. Authorities from the “Experts of the Red Sea Protectorate”, the local government and other associations like the Red Sea Association for the protection of the Hurghada region are involved in this project.

The program consists of cleaning, restoring and maintaining the reef. This consists of the picking up and disposing of all debris, waste and rubbish as well as collecting broken coral to implant in special “nurseries” for re-growth. The salvaged coral will then be repositioned where the coral was destroyed, in special coral gardens or to construct artificial reefs.
The pilot operation in Hurghada is assisted by the professional logistic support of dive center “Seafari Red Sea”, a local skin-divers/ excursion club which provides the equipment. Accommodation is available at the Hotel Safir another local business giving support for our project. All activities are performed by local and overseas volunteers.
Compagnons des Mers is financed solely by donations and subscriptions. Particularly active in Europe the association has joined with several ecological organisations involved in the protection and preservation of the marine resources.

In 2005 Compagnon des Mers has reinforced its position as a real player in the reef regeneration and is offering hands-on activities to volunteers. This is complemented by information and training in the protection of the coral reef.
We invite all skin-divers and lovers of the natural splendor of coral reefs to contact Compagnons des Mers and join us in this exciting adventure.
Alain Deguine is always available to meet you and set-up workshops, conferences, presentations or simply have a conversation about his vision and hopes for the future of the coral reefs.
www.compagnonsdesmers.com

 

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