Anti-poaching watchers get trained in scuba diving

  • | Saturday | 29th September, 2018

Aravind Tharun Sri of ‘Temple Adventure’, Puducherry, and member of Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), trained the APWs in underwater biodiversity monitoring with open water scuba diving. “After getting the scuba diving kits, we will regularly monitor sea grass and coral reef rehabilitation programmes,” he said. RAMANATHAPURAMAs part of capacity building programme for conservation of biodiversity in the Gulf of Mannar in the Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu Forest department has trained anti-poaching watchers (APW) in underwater monitoring and scuba diving. For the first time, the marine national park would purchase five scuba diving kits at a total cost of ? 3.5 lakh for periodic underwater biodiversity monitoring. With this batch, all the five Forest Range Officers, five Foresters and five APWs in the GoM Marine National Park had been trained in scuba diving and obtained open water scuba diver licence, S. Sathish, Mandapam Forest Range Officer, said.

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