Forum – Ocean Rescue

With marine life endangered by the tons of garbage and plastic being dumped into the oceans, immediate steps must be taken to minimize the already damaging effect human pollution is causing on the nature and chemistry of the oceans. Come along to this forum to learn about the challenges being faced and learn the many different ways you can help with the ongoing conservation efforts.

Theme : Eco-friendly diving – a series of talks around making your next diving holiday more eco-friendly

Saturday 13th June 2020Main stage
Short intro to the mini-series
16:35-16:50Preparation is key (Alvin Chelliah, Reef Check Malaysia)
16:50-17:05Responsible interactions with marine life (Yumi Chia, Scuba Junkie SEAS)
17:05-17:20Responsible underwater photography/videography (Irwan Ismail)
17:20-17:30Q & A session

Short Synopses

Preparation is key (Alvin Chelliah, Reef Check Malaysia)
Holidays are meant to be fun filled relaxing getaways and the last thing you need on a holiday is too worry or feel guilty about your impact to the environment. We will highlight some tips and tricks including who to dive with and what to pack to help you ensure you have all the bases covered when planning for your next dive holiday.

Wish you were here? (Yumi Chia, Scuba Junkie SEAS)
A diving holiday is a short break from the office for most of us, but is your short getaway contributing to declining health of your favourite dive destination? During the talk, we will share some information on responsible dive practices, sustainable seafood choices and eco-friendly community initiatives – detailing how to get the most out of your holiday while there, without adversely affecting the environment you love so much.

Happy reef & cameraman (Irwan Ismail)
Underwater photographers have a responsibility to protect the reef when pursuing their hobby – no-one should damage the reef for the sake of a photograph. This talk will enable responsible decisions to be made, which ensure minimal impact without compromising on photo quality.

Alvin Chelliah

Alvin Chelliah has been diving since he was in high school. After completing his Master’s Degree in Marine Science from the National University of Malaysia he joined Reef Check. He has been promoting community involvement in marine resource management on Tioman island for the last 6 years. He has also been actively promoting the Green Fins approach to sustainable diving around Malaysia since 2014.

Yumi Chia

Yumi Chia is an ocean lover; living on an island has always been her dream. After finishing her Degree in Social Sciences, she pursued her dream by volunteering as a project teacher on Perhentian Island, before moving to Mabul Island to work as a Conservation Officer with SJ SEAS, focusing on
community outreach. She strongly believes that ‘we protect what we love, and we only love what we understand’.

David McCann

David McCann is a Conservation Manager for Scuba Junkie SEAS on Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia. He hails from Ireland where he gained his BSc Marine Biology and MSc Environmental Management & Conservation Biology. He is passionate about the role of the dive industry in marine conservation – his current work includes raising awareness of marine conservation issues, as well as developing and
implementing solutions. This includes running a turtle hatchery and rehabilitation centre, carrying out reef health check surveys and reef restoration, tackling marine debris through reef and beach clean-ups and community engagement

Irwan Ismail

Irwan Ismail is a PADI Master Instructor, Emergency First Responder Instructor Trainer, underwater photographer and videographer. His work has been widely published in local publications including the New Straits Times, Harian Metro, The Heat and Astro Awani. Having worked with many organisations including V channels, tourism boards and movie producers, Irwan was the first underwater videography speaker at MIDE and has been sharing his knowledge at the show since 2017.


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