We are very thankful to stay in close contact with publishers and writers who discuss our projects and help us to raise awareness.
August – We have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wildlife Conservation Society of India to work together on conservation projects. Details on the Collaborators page.
Quoted in an article by the Times of India “What’s plaguing Goa’s Oceans today: Overfishing, Underwater Garbage and Irresponsible Tourism” on 8th June 2018, “‘Global warming, excess silting, underwater garbage and pollution are the primary areas of concern when it comes to Goa’s marine life right now’ but the most ‘immediate problem is of underwater garbage’. He says ‘We are currently working with the GWMC and the local tourism industry stakeholders to tackle this problem at source. Some of the long-term solutions are strong education campaigns for the general public about personal waste reduction, which includes management, segregation and collection at source, besides recycling and proper disposal of the rest. other than that we need to find new uses for disposed materials, reduce or eliminate single use plastics, and impose fines and stiff penalties on polluting industries and public.
- Journalist Rahul Chandawakar joined our annual beach and underwater clean up. His article “Making An Impact From The Bottom Of The Sea” about our event was published in the Herald on May 7, 2017.
- Venkatesh Charloo of Coastal Impact gave a talk about “Marine Life and the Beauty Therein” at the Museum Of Goa on May 7, 2017. Venkat shared his underwater experiences with an audience of 30 people. The talk was visited by marine biologists, conservationists, children and students and the head of the forest department.
- On May 8, 2017, the Times Of India wrote an impressive article “Probe reason for Olive Ridley turtles’ deaths: Conservationist” about the dying of Olive Ridley turtles and our aim to stop it. Our petition to Tuborg to tackle beer bottle menace gained momentum and was set in the right light.
- Venkat of Coastal Impact was quoted in an article “Damage greater than the eye can see” by the Times of India on 21st June 2014.
“Tarballs, if they are not breaking down, can smother marine life and even corals. luckily for us, tar balls washing up on the coast is seen in Goa during late May and early June, which is off-season for us (scuba divers). We close in April. But if the tar balls are seen more often, it could affect us. Many are blaming ships for it, but I do not know. We have been seeing this occurrence since the 1970s. I think it’s important to first ascertain 100% the source of this problem which has been plaguing Goa waters and beaches for years before allocating responsibility/accountability for stopping the same. Given that it’s taking so long, it’s imperative that a special task force should be formed on a war-footing to find the source. Simultaneously, several practical solutions should be examined so that action can be immediately taken once the problem has been identified.”
- Paul Fernandes of Times of India wrote an article “17 volunteers give coral-rich St George island a clean up” on the 30th April 2013, shedding light upon our annual Underwater and Beach Clean up in 2013. “We filled 11 jute bags of 50 kg size with the waste” says Venkat Charloo of Coastal Impact, showcasing the extent of the underwater garbage problem in Goa.
- Herald’s article “A goldmine, under the sea” 28th November 2011 speaks about the Scuba Diving business, and promoting Goa as a diving location, which would help create awareness about coastal pollution.
- Coastal Impact, along with PADI’s Project Aware, held a Swimathon event “Swim for Earth Day”, to raise awareness about the Goan rivers and oceans and the many challenges they face. This was reported in several newspapers, including “Goa Swimathon on Sunday“, Times of India, 2nd April 2011; “Swimathon off Vainguinim Beach”, The Navhind Times, 24th March 2011; “Swim for the Ocean”, Gomantak Times, 20th March 2011; and “The Coast Isn’t Clear“, Herald, 10th April 2011.
- An article in the Times of India, “Seeking a Splash of Support” on 30th March 2011, describes the underwater treasures of Goa that need to be protected and promoted. Scuba diving is an excellent way of promoting marine awareness, while also being a lucrative business in the tourism industry. Formalizing an area for scuba diving in the form of a marine park would help protect Goa’s marine treasures as a prime tourist attraction.