Video essay: Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, Borneo

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By NELL HUIÉ

Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) is a scientific coral reef restoration project based on Pom Pom Island in Malaysian Borneo. Year round, a team of volunteer divers carry out the incredible work of the late Professor Steven Oakley to repair reefs that have been destroyed by illegal dynamite fishing.

Over the past four years, TRACC has been studying and recording the short and long term effects of artificial reefs in the tropics, providing vital research into tropical marine conservation. This documentary short was filmed over six weeks on location at TRACC, and is dedicated to the memory of Professor Steve.

 

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About Director Nell Huié: Born in Sydney having grown up in the idyllic Pittwater Penninsula, Nelli is a self-taught photographer & videographer with eleven years experience behind the camera. With a Diploma of Auslan completed in 2011, Nelli is one of the very few videographers in Australia with a qualification in Australian Sign Language, enabling her to work fluidly between Deaf and hearing clients. Deeply passionate about the ocean, she is a certified Advanced Open Water scuba diver, and frequently provides her media skills for ocean conservation projects. Her work with NGOs has taken her all over Australia, and abroad to Borneo, Kenya, Gabon, São Tomé & Principe, and The Netherlands.

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