Kailash Cook's reef project

At 12, Kailash already researching to save reefs

A YOUNG conservationist from Byron Bay, Kailash Cook, is looking for ways to take his vision of marine conservation to the world.

The Year 7 student from Byron High School is currently researching the benefits of artificial reefs to enhance the biodiversity of coral reefs, improve ecotourism opportunities and help reduce our global warming impact.

OCTOPUS'S GARDEN: Kailash Cook with part of the coral planted for the artificial reef.
OCTOPUS'S GARDEN: Kailash Cook with part of the coral planted for the artificial reef. Contributed

At 12, he has also started a crowd-funding campaign to help him return to Thailand to finish his research and attend the 13th International Reef Symposium in 2016 in Hawaii to present his research.

After spending the past 10 years living on the small island of Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand, Kailash and his family returned to Byron earlier this year so he can attend high school.

His research in Thailand is looking at ways of providing an artificial reef environment for trainee divers in which to develop their skills rather that damaging the natural reefs.

"I am checking whether artificial reefs can bring the same diversity as natural reefs," he said.

To help Kailash finish his research, go to: www.indie gogo.com/sea2symposium


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