“As soon as this goal is reached, we plan to turn the programme into a long-term and sustainable non-profit organisation, in order to be able to permanently finance divemaster and marine-biologist training for local people, in co-operation with companies.”
The propagated corals are Acropora horrida, intermadia and robusta, and the area has been declared a marine sanctuary and is guarded 24 hours a day.
Five marine biologists from Bohol Island State University have now received scuba-diving training from Amun Ini Dive so that they can participate in the programme continuously.
Local fishermen were said to have been sceptical about the sanctuary initially but to have been converted into “eager advocates of the concept” after Amun Ini Dive offered them diving training so that they could see the programme’s benefits for themselves.
Diving guests at Amun Ini Beach Resort & Spa who wish to participate in the programme receive the corresponding dives for free.