Project changes

We have changed the name of our project to Tropical Island Conservation to better reflect what the project is about. Sea turtle nesting numbers have declined dramatically and although we still focus on monitoring the beaches for turtle tracks and surveying their feeding behavior, we are doing a lot of other things too.

This coming season, starting December 9th we will focus also on the plastic waste issue and hope to create something new around this topic. We continue to raise awareness, survey the coral reefs and other fauna and flora of Koh Phra Thong Island.

Another change we are making for this coming season is the accommodation. We are moving to the beach front. This change is due to Nok and Lamion focusing on their new restaurant on the beach and not having enough time to cater for the project. Accommodation will be in large tents, with beds and electricity in the evenings. There are also few bungalows available for families or shared in groups of 4.

Give a gift that matters

Holiday season is approaching and many are giving presents to their loved ones. By donating to Naucrates work on sea turtle conservation, you help us to protect nature and preserve the wildlife for the future generations to enjoy also.

Donating to our cause is easy. Just go to our How to help -page and follow the instructions. You can donate with paypal or bank wire. We are happy to send you a certificate of the donation that you can print and wrap or send by email.

Our conservation work depends on the volunteer contributions and donations, so your gift has a immediate impact to the work we do.  The season starts on the 15th of December. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram  to see how the season progresses and what kind of impact your donation has on our conservation efforts.

Meet Anik, Field leader of 2017-18 season

My name is Anik, I am 26 years of age and have a degree in Biology. My first time volunteering with sea turtles was in Costa Rica in 2013. I have since been working across Central and North America on various wildlife monitoring projects. However, my original passion for sea turtle conservation never left and I am ecstatic to be taking on the position of Field Leader with Naucrates for the 2017-2018 season.

I have an intrigue for learning new cultures and languages, meeting and getting to know people from across the world, while exchanging travel stories. I have wanted to visit Thailand for the last few years and I anticipate this experience to be a great adventure!

How to get there?

Our project, as many other turtle projects, is located on an Island that is a bit remote and it is not on a typical tourist area. Due this, you may wonder if it is difficult to get there or worry that it is too complicated. It is not.

If you are experienced traveler, we give you detailed instructions how to find the Khuraburi pier from where the boat will take you to the Island. This boat needs to be organized by us as there is only one daily ferry to Phra Thong and rest of the time only private boats.

If you are not confident traveler, we are happy to organize a pick up for you from Phuket or Ranong area, or closer to Khuraburi. We can organize a car to pick you up from your hotel or airport and take you to Khuraburi pier. In case your flight arrives later in the afternoon and it is not possible to take a boat anymore to the Island, we can reserve a room in a nice guesthouse in Khuraburi.

If you are interested in these additional transport services, please send us an email bookings (at) naucrates.org or mention it on the booking request form.

Here we explain where Koh Phra Thong is located on and how to get to the pier if you arrive on your own.

Season 2017-2018

beachwalkOur project season on Koh Phra Thong, Thailand starts 15. December 2017 and continues until the end of March 2018.

We will continue sea turtle nesting beach monitoring, behavioral observations of the feeding area, reef surveys and environmental education with awareness raising activities. As a long term volunteer or intern, you can also propose your own project as long as it fits to our conservation activities. We are happy to provide an opportunity for families with children to join our project.

Volunteer in Thailand. We are now open for volunteer and internship applications. Please fill in the booking request form and we get back to you the soonest.

Coral reef monitoring

In season 2016-2017 we conducted a reef survey on the nearby reef. This reef is located between Koh Phra Thong and two smaller islands called Koh Pring Jai and Noi, on the west side of Phra Thong. The location is reachable by swimming and kayaks depending on the tide.

In the survey we recorded fish species, invertebrate species and substrate coverage and compared our result to surveys done previous years (2004, 2006 and 2011). The aim was to see how the reef has recovered from the tsunami in 2004 which caused damage to the reef and island.

The surveys were done by snorkeling on the reef. This was a bit more challenging than expected. Weather conditions were sometimes too rough to be able to kayak to the reef or there was strong current which prevented laying the measuring tape on the bottom. Also the methodology is quite demanding and tiring. There was a lot of diving down to the bottom along the 100 meters of transect.

However, with the help of our volunteers, we were able to survey 5 transects on the reef. The results of the survey show that the hard coral coverage has increased and the amount of fish has increased since the 2006 survey.

The reef is still recovering from the effects of the tsunami but lots of fishes can be spotted on the reef and nice corals are seen in the deeper water. Beautiful nudibranchs can be found at the bottom, colorful butterfly fish are swimming among the corals and schools of snappers are swimming over the reef.

Two times after transect surveying a green turtle was spotted swimming along the reef which was amazing to see! It was a quick glimpse of the turtle but still nice to see them under the water. The reef at Koh Phra Thong is naturally quite rocky but the deeper parts of the reef gives a nice look to the beautiful ecosystem of coral reef and we hope to see it there in the future and hopefully in even better condition.

Susanna

Research Assistant, season 2016-2017

Annual meeting in Greece

Let’s celebrate together in Greece

Naucrates XVI Annual Meeting will be held in Athens, Greece on Saturday 21 October 2017. We have changed the date and location due to wanting to join in our long term staff member Pipap’s memorial in Athens.

Objectives:

  • Presentation of activities conducted during the year 2016/17
  • Presentation on the Naucrates Conservation Project, Thailand
  • Approval of the annual balance of the year 2016/17
  • Presentation of future plans
  • Discussion of new member ideas

Everyone is welcome!

All participants must register as Naucrates member for  2017- 2018.

We will update details of the meeting location, accommodation and additional activities as soon as possible.