27 Oct

Saving the planet One ocean at a time

Please note:

the field station on Koh Phangan is closed for the monsoon period, until the 15th of December

CORE sea is a framework for marine environmentalists, scientists, divers and other passionate people which would like to preserve our biosphere, with a strategy based on reason and the scientific method.

It stands for CONSERVATION | RESEARCH | EDUCATION
– south east asia

We work with a simple statement, which will be difficult to achieve:

SAVING THE PLANET | ONE OCEAN AT A TIME

We are open for everyone, given that you have common sense or at least some humor. It’s necessary if you are thinking about volunteering with us.

CORE sea is also a dedicated MARINE CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH FACILITY on Koh Phangan, Thailand

not all hope is goneWhich has smaller, but equally important goals. We are currently the only European based marine science institution in the Gulf of Thailand, operating under a full academic and research cooperation with the Thai government.

And we are working on something “big” for the Gulf of Thailand, the archipelago and Koh Phangan:

A community led marine protected area, for and by the people. Hopefully this will be the first of many, because we might be able to connect two big Marine Parks, with this silly little idea. That could ensure the survival of Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Bull Sharks, and pretty much everyone else in the Gulf of Thailand. Take a look at the video, please:

MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE US A HAND, it will take a whole “community” of people, to make this happen
 

This century is not exactly the best one to live in the ocean, but a lot of stunning critters and other living things don’t have a choice. You do.

And you can choose to make a difference.

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Please read this first if you came here because of the whale shark pictures. It will also introduce you to the centers “humor”.

Please read more about us and our mission here. Or browse our pages for marine biology and environmental-science centered programs, pro-environmental dive courses, internships, volunteering opportunities and information on the marine ecology of the Gulf of Thailand, and it’s coral reef ecosystems. There is a lot left for you to do.


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Here are some quick links, just click the toggles to start browsing:

DAY PROGRAMS

A variety day programs for divers and non-divers. No previous experience needed. A great introduction to marine biology and conservation, while you’re on vacation. Click here for more

COURSES

Would you like to dive deeper into marine conservation and science? Looking for some extra qualifications for your environmental science career? Keen on aquatic wildlife interaction, and special skills? Then these are for you

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteering is not only the most fulfilling way of giving back, because you’re directly involved in the successes, but also great for the expansion of your horizons, and getting touch with exotic wildlife. Click here for our increasingly popular volunteering program 

CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Browse through our conservation projects, and some of the successes of the previous years

RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

Internships are mandatory for most University programs, and our organisation fulfills the requirements for many of them. They’re also a great tool to get into the job market

RESEARCH TOPICS

The topics that make heads smoke in the laboratory. Approach with caution, somebody is bound to have a bad science day

ARTICLES

Mildly condescending articles from the exciting, some times infuriating world of conservation and science, written for normal people, with peculiar humor

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You can see some of our work here:

Full Face Mask with communication training in great visibility (thanks to OCEAN REEF for the support):

We’re looking forward to meet you

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Janina Schoenig

problem solver/ manager
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Janina studied educational sciences in Hamburg and worked in adult education, before she was dragged to Thailand by her husband.Since then, Janina dived extensively in South East Asia and is currently working towards her Divemaster certification. A lot of her experience in adult education found its way into the courses. Today, Janina manages CORE sea’s logistics, the accommodation and everything else.
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Stefan Follows

head of education/ professional photographer
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Stefan has been living and working as a dive center manager, diving instructor and guide in the Gulf of Thailand for the best part of a decade, which has allowed him virtually endless opportunities to indulge in his passion for teaching, diving, photography and all things aquatic. Today, Stef leads the education department, which gives time even more time for his “hobby”. Most of the pictures on this site are from him. Make sure you check out his website.
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Eike Schoenig

marine biologist/ chief resident scientist
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Eike started diving 1994 on Koh Tao, Thailand. Hooked ever since, he dived in South-East Asia, Central America and Europe, including research dive training on Elba, Italy. He studied marine biology at the University of Bremen and the Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology in Germany, for which he waded through the muddy waters of Indonesia’s estuaries, which wasn't as pleasant as his current job. He also writes most of the science blogs on this page, but he doesn't read any. Which means there is a good chance, that there's already a better blog on subject somewhere else.
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Alexa Yui Sunisa

Public Relations
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Don’t worry, we’re pretty nice people, we look funny, but we’re extremely serious about our mission

Artificial Reef deployment. Read about it here.

SAVING THE PLANET – ONE OCEAN AT A TIME

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Questions? Just contact us. We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re dry!