Giant Clam Nurseries and Population Studies


  • Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, etc)
  • Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.
  • Complete the invertebrate survey of the Koh Tao Ecological Monitoring Program



  • Understand the importance, ecology, and threats to giant clam populations locally and around the globe
  • Learn techniques to survey and monitor local giant clam populations
  • Learn techniques involving the use and maintenance of in-sea giant clam nurseries


  • Attend 1 Giant Clam Lecture
  • Perform 1 survey dive specifically taking data on Giant Clam Abundance/Density, Diversity, and size distribution
  • Take data on giant clam growth and mortality at the in-sea nurseries
  • Perform general maintenance duties during 1 dive at the giant clam nurseries
  • Complete the final quiz
  • Enter data into the NHRCP database


Expected course time about 8 hours

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