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Ocean Gardener is an NGO based in Bali Indonesia dedicated to coral reef education and coral reef restoration. Since 2016 we’ve planted over 100,000 coral fragments and counting back to the reef.


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Who We Are

Cultivating Coral Education with Ocean Gardener

Ocean Gardener is an NGO founded in 2016, and dedicated to CORAL reef education. It has been funded over the desire to use our 25 years of experience in Coral Farming, in Indonesia, and to use these coral farms for Education and Reef Restoration purposes. At the end of the last century, we created the first commercial coral mariculture farms in Indonesia, to give coastal communities an additional living out of their own reefs, and relieve the pressure on their reef while improving their reef condition.

We are a team of marine biologists, professional divers, coral farmers, conservationists, students, etc, dedicated to educating as many people, from the widest origins possible about coral and the reef they survive upon. We believe that without proper coral education, Reefs can’t be properly protected.

Ocean gardener’s Project

Reviving coral reefs through education, workshops, and partnerships with dive shops and resorts.


Our Team

The Heart of Ocean Gardener

Discover the faces behind our success! Meet our passionate team of experts, each bringing unique skills and perspectives to the table. From creative minds to tech wizards, we’re united by a shared commitment to excellence.

Vincent Chalias

Partner

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Vincent Chalias

Founder

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I Putu Irpan Aditanaya

Partner

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Nicole Helgason

Marketing Director

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Indah Kusuma Wardhani

Founder

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Vincent Chalias

Founder/Course Director

Vincent has been diving Indonesian reefs for over 25 years. He started the first Indonesian commercial coral farms in 2000 and produced a million corals over his commercial farmer career. He has since dedicated his life to coral reefs. In 2016 he started a charity dedicated to educating people about coral reefs and training people to conserve and restore coral reefs. His NGO, called ‘Ocean Gardener’ has now planted over 100,000 corals all over Indonesia, and is involved in many different projects all over Indonesia. He worked in Australia and Saudi on different Coral Reef Restoration projects.

He runs a few times a year, Coral Reef Restoration Courses, and writes many coral articles for dive and reef aquarium publications.
Vincent is also an avid Under Water Photographer and his images abound in many diving and reef aquarium publications.

Mr. Manumudhita

Co-Founder

Mr Manu has devoted himself to fisheries and maritime affairs for more than 30 years. He started developing coral reef transplantation techniques in 2000. And has the copyright for coral propagation techniques. He founded Ocean Gardener with Vincent to preserve coral reefs and improve the lives of fishermen. Until now, he is still active in various coastal community empowerment activities

I Putu Irpan Aditanaya

Community Organiser & Photogrammetry Supervisor

Irpan, a Marine Science graduate from Udayana University, has extensive experience in marine ecosystem research, rehabilitation efforts, and environmental studies. With over two years as an administrative staff, he honed his skills and successfully contributed to the Coral Reef Garden Creation project by the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Irpan also participated in coral reef planting and monitoring at Ped Beach, Nusa Penida. His innovative work includes creating 3D photogrammetry from 2D images for environmental monitoring, showcasing his adaptability and dedication to marine conservation.

Nicole Helgason

Marketing

Nicole is an avid scuba diver who travels the world exploring wild coral reef, contributes to coral conservation effor & create content about corals and reef aquarium.

Manik Mayang

Instructor & Science Coordinator

Manikmayang has been studying and working with marine biology since 2014. She holds Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of Bonn and Sam Ratulangi University. While completing her master focusing on taxonomy of marine invertebrates, she discovered and described 6 new species of saltwater isopods from North Sulawesi. Her thesis was since published in European Journal of Taxonomy. She is now pointing her attention towards conservation of marine biodiversity and coral reef restoration. Through her work, she hopes to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and the need to protect it, all while researching and teaching about coral reef restoration.

Kirana Patni

Administrator Assistant

Kirana, with over a decade of experience in the marine and aquatic life sector, holds a degree in Agribusiness. She has notably served as an expert project manager for the Coral Reef Garden Creation project, organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her role involved meticulous planning, stakeholder coordination, and overcoming pandemic challenges. Additionally, Kirana has extensive experience as an executive assistant in a multicultural company, where she excelled in administrative support, operational efficiency, and strategic planning. Her dedication to marine conservation and sustainability is evident throughout her career.

Indah Kusuma Wardhani

Finance


Our Story

The Ocean Gardener Story

Following The 1997-1998 Economic Crisis, And The Considerable Loss Of Income Of Most People In Indonesia And Their Coastal Communities. Coming With A Marine Aquaculture Background, Vincent Chalias Saw In The Wild Live Coral Collection For Aquarium An Opportunity To Transform This Industry Into A Farm-Based One And Give The Coastal Community Another Form Of Income. He Came Up With The Idea To Mariculture These Corals, So They No Longer Need To Be Taken From The Reef. And We Could Also Use These Produced Corals To Replant And Restore The Damaged Reefs.

He Found In Mr Manumudhita A Great Partner And Inspiration. Mr Manumudhita, After Working Many Years As The Director Of The Fisheries Department. He Retired And Became The Head Of The Bali Fishermen Associations, Defending The Livelihood Of Fishermen All Over The Country. The First Trial Was Made In Nusa Dua In 2000 And Many Nurseries Were Installed In All Corners Of Indonesia, Growing Almost Any Possible Coral Species.

In 2018, Ocean Gardener was created, a non-profit dedicated to education and coral reef restoration. The first line of work was education. We created educative material for different communities. Nurseries were started in Candidasa, Sanur, Lipah, Ped, and Bangka. and different reef restoration projects were started. With a consequent knowledge background of over 25 years in commercial coral farming, the projects quickly showed good results, and the list of installed nurseries, projects, and trained people to maintain and garden their reef keeps on growing.

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