Outreach

Outreach is a key component of conservation – people will not protect something they don’t love. Throughout the year we engage a wide variety of stakeholders in conservation activities – from community and school groups to local and international tourists. We providing opportunities for people to learn more about the biology and behaviour of the marine life on our reefs and the roles they play in the marine ecosystem, to learn more about the impacts that humans are having on the health of reefs and the actions that people are taking around the world to try to protect them.

Awareness talks

We give presentations on a wide range of conservation topics throughout the year to guests at all the Scuba Junkie resorts.  Such evening presentations are related to our conservation work in that area – for example,  turtle conservation presentations on Pulau Mabul and presentations on manta research in SJ Komodo. We are also lucky enough to host guest presenters during the year from other marine conservation and scientific research organisations.

Community engagement

Community engagement is at the core of all our projects, as conservation of the marine ecosystem must take all components of that ecosystem into consideration for any project to be a success – and humans, particularly coastal communities – are an important part of this. We carry out presentations, workshops and activities designed to enable all to participate. We work closely with local schools on the island, teaching and developing programmes for environmental awareness and taking care of the island.

Community engagement

Community engagement is at the core of all our projects, as conservation of the marine ecosystem must take all components of that ecosystem into consideration for any project to be a success – and humans, particularly coastal communities – are an important part of this. We carry out presentations, workshops and activities designed to enable all to participate. We work closely with local schools on the island, teaching and developing programmes for environmental awareness and taking care of the island.

Green Semporna

Green Semporna was founded on December 2012 by passionate youth leaders in Semporna, who believe that nature is everyone’s responsibility. The group provides a platform for the young people in Semporna to learn about the environment through volunteerism, to appreciate nature and the ecosystems around them and to enable and encourage them to practice green lifestyles. SJ SEAS are proud to work in partnership with Green Semporna in many of our projects – their enthusiasm and energy for conservation inspire us every time we work with them.

Conservation weeks

Each year, we run five conservation weeks in collaboration with the different Scuba Junkie Resorts. On Pulau Mabul, Shark Week, Turtle Week and Marine Week have now been running for over five years. Manta Week is held at all SJ Iocations in Indonesia (SJ Komodo, SJ Sangalaki & SJ Penida) while Whale Shark Week is only held at SJ Sangalaki. These themed events give us the opportunity to engage a wide variety of audiences, including tourists, community members and students, in marine conservation challenges and solutions.

Conservation weeks

Each year, we run five conservation weeks in collaboration with the different Scuba Junkie Resorts. On Pulau Mabul, Shark Week, Turtle Week and Marine Week have now been running for over five years. Manta Week is held at all SJ Iocations in Indonesia (SJ Komodo, SJ Sangalaki & SJ Penida) while Whale Shark Week is only held at SJ Sangalaki. These themed events give us the opportunity to engage a wide variety of audiences, including tourists, community members and students, in marine conservation challenges and solutions.

School programmes

Engaging the next generation in marine conservation is vitally important. We carry out a wide variety of programmes with both local and international schools. The programme content is tailored to suit the needs of each individual school, with classroom-based learning and in-water activities (snorkeling and/or diving) both available.

If you are interested in our team coming to your school to give an awareness talk or you would like to bring a group of students to us then contact us for further details.

 

Corporate visits

We also provide opportunities for corporate groups interested in learning more about marine conservation – good for the environment, good for camaraderie and team building! These programmes can also be tailored to suit different interests/requirements, e.g. DHL joined us for a 5 day programme dedicated to tackling marine debris. Contact us for further details.

Corporate visits

We also provide opportunities for corporate groups interested in learning more about marine conservation – good for the environment, good for camaraderie and team building! These programmes can also be tailored to suit different interests/requirements, e.g. DHL joined us for a 5 day programme dedicated to tackling marine debris. Contact us for further details.

Dive expos

We attend the Malaysian International Dive Expo (MIDE) in Kuala Lumpur and the Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) in Singapore every year. Come visit our booth if you would like to find out more about our efforts.

We also provide conservation awareness talks each year and are responsible for organising the Voices on Ocean Rescue event at MIDE.

Community market

Marine souvenirs, like corals, shells and shark tooth necklaces, are sold widely at coastal tourism destinations around the world. These souvenirs often lead to over-exploitation of the ocean and are detrimental to the health of the reef. We have worked with the Mabul community to develop an alternative method of supporting your family – the Mabul Community Market. The ladies from the market crochet marine life from sharks and turtles to nudis and crabs – the perfect one-of-a-kind handicraft to bring home as a gift or keepsake. All money from sales stays with the family who made it.

Community market

Marine souvenirs, like corals, shells and shark tooth necklaces, are sold widely at coastal tourism destinations around the world. These souvenirs often lead to over-exploitation of the ocean and are detrimental to the health of the reef. We have worked with the Mabul community to develop an alternative method of supporting your family – the Mabul Community Market. The ladies from the market crochet marine life from sharks and turtles to nudis and crabs – the perfect one-of-a-kind handicraft to bring home as a gift or keepsake. All money from sales stays with the family who made it.

Community garden

Growing your own edible garden helps to reduce food miles and costs and ensures healthy vegetables free from chemicals. We have established a small community garden on Mabul where we are attempting to grow a wide variety of herbs and vegetables. One of the challenges we face is a lack of nutritious soil, so we are in the process of establishing a compost system using the organic food waste and leaf litter from the Mabul Beach Resort. Our ultimate goal is to run training workshops with the community before providing them with established seedlings and cuttings so that they too can start their own edible garden.

Veterinary clinics

We work with the Borneo Animal Welfare Society, Sabah (BAWSS) and International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) to provide free veterinary treatment for the pets and strays on Mabul. We also encourage neutering to try to bring the cat population on the island under control and create an environment that is healthier for both the animals and local community.

Veterinary clinics

We work with the Borneo Animal Welfare Society, Sabah (BAWSS) and International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA) to provide free veterinary treatment for the pets and strays on Mabul. We also encourage neutering to try to bring the cat population on the island under control and create an environment that is healthier for both the animals and local community.