Conservation biology and volunteer projects

    The Sea Turtle project has been working for 20 years (1996-2016) on Phra Thong and Ra  islands.

    The project is currently conducted in collaboration with the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC).

    Since we started the project, we had a good response from the local community, who was unfortunately badly hit by the tsunami. A regular monitoring programme of the nesting beaches and protection of all nests laid was set up in 1996. In addition, injured juveniles turtles are rescued and safely released or sent to Phuket rescue center.

    In 2008, the project changed its base. Since January 2008 the conservation team has been located within a local village, called Lion village (or Pak Choke), which was rebuilt after the tsunami.  The team is based in two houses, where an office/field station, a store, staff-rooms, a kitchen and an area for volunteers have been set up.

    The team is based at the Lion village (ex Bak Joke village), in the North of the island and at Nok’s bungalows (near the nesting beach).


    • Evaluation of the status of the nesting and foraging population:
    • to collect information about their status;
    • to protect all the nests laid along the beaches;
    • to conduct feeding behavioral observations
    • to collect data on environmental and human impacts
    • to carry out awareness-raising activities amongst tourists and villagers.
    • to create an ID data base of sea turtles observed in the feeding area

    Project leader: Monica Aureggi

    Project partners: Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC)

    Read more: project background

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