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Sea 2 Symposium: Building a Future for Coral Reefs
Help us protect the future of coral reefs.
Kailash Cook
Byron Bay, Australia
$2,575 USD raised by 40 backers
21% of $12,000 
flexible goal
No time left

My Story

My name is Kailash Cook. I am 12 years old. I grew up on a small island in the Gulf of Thailand with my little sister and my parents. Koh Tao was home and a special place to grow up. I loved the ocean, swimming among the coral reef and tropical fish.

I started diving when I was three and was immediately drawn to the reef. The wonders of the animals that lived there astounded me so much that when I was four, I replicated an entire reef using play doh.

It wasn’t cartoon characters which plastered my walls with, nor were my bed covers decorated with Superman and Batman. Instead, marine creatures and coral took these rolls. They were my heroes growing up.

As I grew older and became more comfortable in the water, I tagged along with my dad on the conservation work he was doing to protect the coral reefs. I learned they were in trouble from our actions and I felt like I should do something about it.

Koh Tao receives more than half a million visitors each year coming to visit the beautiful reefs and the colorful fish. That’s a lot of people on the small reef! Some might say it is too many and they are right.  There are too many people coming to this small 21km2 island that the coral reefs are getting overrun.

Koh Tao seems like a microcosm of the world and the issues faced there are reflective of what is happening on a global scale.

Inspired to find solutions to these problems facing the coral reefs globally, I worked with local conservation teams Eco Koh Tao & Save Koh Tao. Together we have been working for years now on a lot of projects to try and help the coral reefs around Koh Tao. Our work has included:

·  Informing & educating visitors about the importance and the fragility of the reef

·  Monitoring of reefs to quantify ecosystem health and identify threatened areas

·  Restoring threatened or endangered species (Specifically corals and giant clams)

·  Protecting natural reefs from over-exploitation by designing and developing custom designed training locations for novice divers to reduce pressure on natural reef

·  Managing invasive species and explosive populations of marine creatures that threaten the reef

One of my favourite projects has been the construction of custom-designed underwater training  for new divers that have turned into underwater gardens exploding with colour and life. It is the kind of diversity that we could never have hoped for. 


Over the past 18 months I along with my dad a bunch of volunteers have been researching how artificial reefs compare to surrounding natural reefs. The aim of my research is to confirm the viability of these locations as perfect refuges and breeding grounds for the restoration and recovery of biodiversity that may eventually aid the recovery of threatened natural reefs.

Eventually, we hope to develop protocols & guidelines for reef restoration based on my research which proves the ideas as being usable in developing countries with limited financial resources. Conservation is often overshadowed by economics but we believe the two can be complimentary and visitors will enjoy the benefits of such conservation work and consequently support such efforts. 

The aim is to complete my research and present my findings on the world stage at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Hawaii in 2016.


Why is this research important?

Coral reefs exist throughout the tropics and it’s not just Koh Tao that is affected. Many reefs around the world are being pressured by human activity. But it is reparable; you just need the right knowledge and a little will power.  By presenting this research, I hope to show the world that we can save the coral reefs, it’s not too late. Furthermore this research will provide building blocks to make it happen on a more widespread basis.


Where Does this Money go?

The money raised will go to funding the following…





Risks & Challenges

There is a risk that funding is incomplete however we believe that our campaign will be successful to support the goals I hold so dear to my heart.

Other Ways You Can Help

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With thanks to our supporters....

 

           



Perks
$10
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Thank You Email from Hawaii
We will send you a personal thank you email from Hawaii itself with a picture of us in front of the ICRS Building!
2 out of 1000 claimed
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$25
USD
Thank You Postcard from Hawaii
We will send you a personalized postcard from Hawaii with a nice picture on it!
0 out of 1000 claimed
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$35
USD
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Water Bottle
Show how much you care about the planet by purchasing an Eco Koh Tao refilable water bottle to save the planet from the scourge of plastic water bottles.
2 out of 30 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2015
Estimated December 2015
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$50
USD
Postcard and Film Credits
For this perk, you will get: - A personalized postcard from Hawaii - Listing in the credits of a documentary film "Sea to Symposium: The Journey to Hawaii - 10% off any dive course at Crystal Dive Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand. That's pretty Cool!
6 out of 100 claimed
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Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
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$50
USD
+ Shipping
Certificate of Appreciation
For this perk, you will get: - An laminated A5 certificate of appreciation for your contribution to the project - Listing in the credits of a documentary film "Sea to Symposium: The Journey to Hawaii - 10% off any dive course at Crystal Dive Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand. That's pretty Cool!
0 out of 20 claimed
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Estimated December 2015
Estimated December 2015
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$100
USD
Poem By Kailash
You will receive a poem written by Kailash about the oceans to hang wherever you like. Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” and 10% Off any Dive Course at Crystal Dive Resort
4 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
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Estimated July 2016
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$100
USD
Corporate Supporter
Join us as a Corporate sponsor and have your company, conservation organisation or NGO receive all the credit and publicity from our campaign - Listing on this Indiegogo campaign as a sponsor - Credit on our documentary film - Credit throughout our campaign as a supporter - Credit on the presentation at the at the ICRS 2016 - Credit on the scientific report at the conclusion of our research
2 out of 20 claimed
Estimated September 2015
Estimated September 2015
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$250
USD
Named Wooden Plaque
We’ll place a wooden plaque with your name on a part of our artificial reef. Receive acknowledgement on our presentation at the Coral Reef Symposium and in the resultant scientific publication Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” Travel with us vicariously on our journey to Hawaii. We will be filming a documentary and updating our progress on a monthly basis. You'll be included as a major supporter for each episode. 20% Off any Dive Course any Dive.
0 out of 20 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
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$500
USD
Coral Colony
Support grass roots conservation directly. We will plant a coral colony in your honour - Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” - Travel with us vicariously on our journey to Hawaii. We will be filming a documentary and updating our progress on a monthly basis. You'll be included as a major supporter for each episode - 20% Off any Dive Course at Crystal Dive Resort
0 out of 20 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
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$1000
USD
Coral Colony & Video
Support grass roots conservation directly. We will plant a coral colony with your name on a stainless steel plaque next to it in your honour and make a short film showing us planting it on your behalf on our coral reefs in Thailand. - Receive acknowledgement on our presentation at the Coral Reef Symposium and in the resultant scientific publication - Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” - Travel with us vicariously on our journey to Hawaii. We will
0 out of 20 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
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$5000
USD
Dive with us in Thailand
Join us in Thailand for a week of conservation. Learn how to dive and join me in our underwater laboratory working on our coral reef restoration projects. Help us plant corals yourself, measure our giant clams and contribute to the conservation of the reefs directly - Perk includes accommodation for a week (7 days, 6 nights) in Koh Tao, dive training (if required) and supervision for all diving activities.
0 out of 2 claimed
Estimated October 2015
Estimated October 2015
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$5000
USD
Join us in Hawaii
Join us in Hawaii for Symposium - Join us for 3 days of the conference and a dive on the nearby reefs of Hawaii - Includes accommodation for 6 days, 5 nights in Honolulu, dive trip (and training if required) - Between Jun 19-25, 2016
0 out of 2 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
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Perks
$10
USD
Thank You Email from Hawaii
We will send you a personal thank you email from Hawaii itself with a picture of us in front of the ICRS Building!
2 out of 1000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$25
USD
Thank You Postcard from Hawaii
We will send you a personalized postcard from Hawaii with a nice picture on it!
0 out of 1000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$35
USD
+ Shipping
Water Bottle
Show how much you care about the planet by purchasing an Eco Koh Tao refilable water bottle to save the planet from the scourge of plastic water bottles.
2 out of 30 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2015
Estimated December 2015
Get this perk
$50
USD
Postcard and Film Credits
For this perk, you will get: - A personalized postcard from Hawaii - Listing in the credits of a documentary film "Sea to Symposium: The Journey to Hawaii - 10% off any dive course at Crystal Dive Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand. That's pretty Cool!
6 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$50
USD
+ Shipping
Certificate of Appreciation
For this perk, you will get: - An laminated A5 certificate of appreciation for your contribution to the project - Listing in the credits of a documentary film "Sea to Symposium: The Journey to Hawaii - 10% off any dive course at Crystal Dive Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand. That's pretty Cool!
0 out of 20 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated December 2015
Estimated December 2015
Get this perk
$100
USD
Poem By Kailash
You will receive a poem written by Kailash about the oceans to hang wherever you like. Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” and 10% Off any Dive Course at Crystal Dive Resort
4 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$100
USD
Corporate Supporter
Join us as a Corporate sponsor and have your company, conservation organisation or NGO receive all the credit and publicity from our campaign - Listing on this Indiegogo campaign as a sponsor - Credit on our documentary film - Credit throughout our campaign as a supporter - Credit on the presentation at the at the ICRS 2016 - Credit on the scientific report at the conclusion of our research
2 out of 20 claimed
Estimated September 2015
Estimated September 2015
Get this perk
$250
USD
Named Wooden Plaque
We’ll place a wooden plaque with your name on a part of our artificial reef. Receive acknowledgement on our presentation at the Coral Reef Symposium and in the resultant scientific publication Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” Travel with us vicariously on our journey to Hawaii. We will be filming a documentary and updating our progress on a monthly basis. You'll be included as a major supporter for each episode. 20% Off any Dive Course any Dive.
0 out of 20 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$500
USD
Coral Colony
Support grass roots conservation directly. We will plant a coral colony in your honour - Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” - Travel with us vicariously on our journey to Hawaii. We will be filming a documentary and updating our progress on a monthly basis. You'll be included as a major supporter for each episode - 20% Off any Dive Course at Crystal Dive Resort
0 out of 20 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$1000
USD
Coral Colony & Video
Support grass roots conservation directly. We will plant a coral colony with your name on a stainless steel plaque next to it in your honour and make a short film showing us planting it on your behalf on our coral reefs in Thailand. - Receive acknowledgement on our presentation at the Coral Reef Symposium and in the resultant scientific publication - Listing in Credits of documentary film, “Sea to Symposium, The Journey to Hawaii” - Travel with us vicariously on our journey to Hawaii. We will
0 out of 20 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
Get this perk
$5000
USD
Dive with us in Thailand
Join us in Thailand for a week of conservation. Learn how to dive and join me in our underwater laboratory working on our coral reef restoration projects. Help us plant corals yourself, measure our giant clams and contribute to the conservation of the reefs directly - Perk includes accommodation for a week (7 days, 6 nights) in Koh Tao, dive training (if required) and supervision for all diving activities.
0 out of 2 claimed
Estimated October 2015
Estimated October 2015
Get this perk
$5000
USD
Join us in Hawaii
Join us in Hawaii for Symposium - Join us for 3 days of the conference and a dive on the nearby reefs of Hawaii - Includes accommodation for 6 days, 5 nights in Honolulu, dive trip (and training if required) - Between Jun 19-25, 2016
0 out of 2 claimed
Estimated July 2016
Estimated July 2016
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