THE EXTREME TRUTH ABOUT CORAL SITUATION IN PHU QUOC THAT NO ONE TELL YOU

Dead corals in Dam Ngang Island, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

REPORT: THE SERIOUS TRUTH ABOUT CORAL SITUATION IN PHU QUOC THAT NO ONE TELL YOU (Updating…)

 

Some of fringing coral reefs in South Phu Quoc Island (An Thoi archipelago area) such as the one of Gam Ghi (or Dam Ngang Island), Fingernail Island (Hon Mong Tay) which are the most frequently visited island by most so-called snorkeling tours, island hopping, local tours… in Phu Quoc, a large area of corals account for 80 – 90% is under very bad heath condition or dead.

 

With about 21 coral reefs located a long the tropical water of Phu Quoc Island, 3 reefs in the North and 18 reefs in South Phu Quoc. It is supposed to be that you will see a vivid marine life in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, but a sad truth that many people do not know or  diving shop & snorkeling & boat tour companies are trying to deliberately ignore with an overstatement about the current situation of corals or do not tell you that vast areas of corals are dying here in Phu Quoc not only due to weather condition changes but also human affects. Throughout observations of corals in past few years OnBird could bring out a reliable brief about the bad situation happening to corals in Phu Quoc Island now.

 

THE REASON BEHIND THE CORAL DEGRADATION IN PHU QUOC ISLAND

Weather condition changes is one of influences but overfishing including chemical fishing, Uneducated and Irresponsible snorkeling & Island Hopping Tours and Sea Walking clubs are being the most significant direct impacts or the destructions in coral reefs in Phu Quoc. Come to Phu Quoc nowaday you will see a lot broken corals.

 

 

 

EXISTING THREAT TO CORAL REEFS IN PHU QUOC

Sea Walking Club: The area of these clubs is not fixed but moving to different areas in different season, the area they allowed to set up their platform is originally not vivid area but a calm water area by season. Thereby they have to build their own so-called artificial reef to attract first-time tourists; they adverse that it is Coral Park and coral garden but basically they remove alive corals from coral reefs then bring to their area and build up a so-called artificial reef. There is risk of dying corals when removing and transferring between areas. As alive creatures, when the corals are removed from their original places (their habitat will be changed: different depth, different water quality, different water flow cycles, different sunlight exposure…) so the corals will be degraded.

Especially with a numerous daily tourists (a tons of sun cream in the water will poison corals), they do also fish feeding and change the fish behavior, so all of these is harmful to the so-called artificial coral reefs by Sea Walking Clubs. In the result, when coral died they keep going to natural coral reefs and pick then cut the corals and remove them into their areas. This is definitely destruction. With a patient observations of corals we found some different in coral reefs after few years.

 

Irresponsible managed Island Hopping & Snorkeling Tours by Speedboat: Their anchors are damaging most of coral reefs in South Phu Quoc Island. Guests who doesn’t know about corals but just care about fun will choose these tours at cheap prices for a fun an outing but even though the price turns out expensive in comparison to professional-managed snorkeling & diving experiences in terms of experienced gained on the trip. Many of these tours allow tourists to feed fish with bread or any unnatural spray to fish, which is harmful to their inhabitat and coral reefs. Never anchor your boat inside the reef, there are boulder corals that play role of reef builder that looks like the rocks outside, please dont treat them like stones.

 

Big Wooden Boat Tours: With a numerous of attendants on the trip up to 50s to hundread of people and just few on-board guides (no underwater guides), how can they manage to keep the safety for all guests strictly as well as for the corals? 

WHAT WE CAN DO?

With our small efforts, we are trying to impart the right skills, especially snorkeling skills, how to behave to tourists visiting Phu Quoc participating in the snorkeling experience with Onbird so as not to spoil coral damage when joining snorkeling in Phu Quoc Island in particular or other places in general. According to our statistics, 90% of people participating in scuba diving trips are inexperienced people, some are experienced but they don’t have basic understand the corals, leading to many of them can damage the corals by accident.

One of reasons we keep our safety standards strictly is to protect the corals from any unexpected human mistake during the experiencing time.

 

PHU QUOC CORAL RESTORATION

OnBird team has been spending time on thinking of solutions to restore beautiful coral reefs in Phu Quoc effectively and cheaply. We make use of broken coral branches to attach them onto new placements to help coral eggs shorten their time of buiding skelation. Or we are developing a kind of natural biorocks from deadly corals. In the photos below we captured simple steps in attaching or planting corals onto new placements or restore broken corals in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. (Keep updated)

 

WHERE TO FIND ALIVE CORALS IN PHU QUOC?

By investing time in exploring coral spots in Phu Quoc Island, OnBird builds up our own internal coral map in Phu Quoc and the corresponding coral status, geographical coral terrain, water conditions and good timeframe. Please make refference to our snorkeling & diving spots list in Phu Quoc in advance.