We focus on collecting vital coral health data about the major coral communities at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, where a WWF Marine Studies Centre has been constructed. LPCUWC Coral Monitors are trained divers and have received education in marine identification and surveying skills.
Who we are
Coral Monitoring is an extracurricular activity organized by Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong. We focus on collecting vital coral health data about the major coral communities at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, where a WWF-HK Marine Studies Centre has been constructed. LPCUWC Coral Monitors are trained, PADI-certified divers and have received education in marine identification and surveying skills.
The Coral Monitoring group aims to raise awareness on different marine issues that have an impact in Hong Kong as well as on the conditions of the reefs of Hong Kong. This will be done through the accurate collection of data in consecutive years and the drafting of report that will process this data. The information will also reach organizations like Coralwatch and Reefcheck. Awareness will be raised inside and outside the school community with the help of other organisations like WWF and Greenpeace.
The service also aims to have an impact on a personal scale for each coral monitor. This way they will bring back to their countries what they have learn and continue raising awareness and supporting the marine environment throughout their lives.
LPCUWC-HK established the Coral Monitoring service in 1995 in collaboration with WWF-HK. The purpose was to contribute to existing conservation knowledge by committing to long-term SCUBA surveying of the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park.
The initial purpose of the service was to collect data on the park’s shoreline substrate in order to identify key coral communities. This project ran until 2006, when the focus shifted to a long term survey of the park using Reefcheck protocols. In 2009, we integrated Coralwatch into our surveys. Our major function has been to collect data for our own long-term report to share with existing marine conservation organizations, however, we are also the only secondary school with a team which collects annual data for the AFCD/Reefcheck. A greater focus on raising marine awareness has been added since 2012; students are selected from around the world and the expectation is that they will continue to contribute to conservation efforts throughout their lifetimes.
The College would like to express its thanks to environmental organizations which have helped support our endeavors with logistical support and/or training. These include, in addition to WWF-HK, the Swire Institute of Marine Science, the HK AFCD, and Tenghoi. LPCUWC-HK has also had resource exchanges with and support from Bunns Divers and Splash. Finally, special thanks to RiseLtd for its many years of boat support.