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.

In Memoriam Pipap

Naucrates met Pavlos in Thailand and Thai people named him Pipap. He worked for the first time as research assistant in Ko Kho Khao about 15 years ago and since then he worked with us for many seasons. He was always ready to help and support the conservation effort in Thailand and around the world.

Pipap dedicated all his short life to make a big difference in sea turtle conservation. Since he start working in Athens sea turtle rescue center in Greece, he was not able to come and stay with us in Thailand as often as he was used to, but he still joined the annual meetings and helped us online many times.

He was very close to Naucrates, during the hit of the tsunami, when his friend Lisa was lost.

Last season, in 2017, he came back to Ko Phra Thong to help us. He brought a smile on the island meeting with all his Thai friends.

Pipap was a man with a lot of enthusiasm, always positive and ready to fight to save a turtle. He was generous and full of energy. We miss him dearly as he made the world a better place.

Dear Pipap,

I really do not know how to deal with this, where have you gone?

I will never forget your smiling face and your enthusiasm. You were always present, ready to help and to support conservation in any difficult situation.

I will never forget the time we spent together talking about turtle conservation, strategies and ideas to put in place.

You made a difference in the world, you will be always in our heart.

Thank you Pipap for all what you have done for us.

Monica

 

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of Night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.

 

I see the lights of the village

Gleam through the rain and the mist,

And a feeling of sadness comes o’er me

That my soul cannot resist:

 

A feeling of sadness and longing,

That is not akin to pain,

And resembles sorrow only

As the mist resembles the rain.

 

Come, read to me some poem,

Some simple and heartfelt lay,

That shall soothe this restless feeling,

And banish the thoughts of day.

 

Not from the grand old masters,

Not from the bards sublime,

Whose distant footsteps echo

Through the corridors of Time.

 

For, like strains of martial music,

Their mighty thoughts suggest

Life’s endless toil and endeavor;

And to-night I long for rest.

 

Read from some humbler poet,

Whose songs gushed from his heart,

As showers from the clouds of summer,

Or tears from the eyelids start;

 

Who, through long days of labor,

And nights devoid of ease,

Still heard in his soul the music

Of wonderful melodies.

 

Such songs have power to quiet

The restless pulse of care,

And come like the benediction

That follows after prayer.

 

Then read from the treasured volume

The poem of thy choice,

And lend to the rhyme of the poet

The beauty of thy voice.

 

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares, that infest the day,

Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,

And as silently steal away.

…….

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Vacancy: Field leader, sea turtle conservation and research in Thailand

We are looking for a field leader to manage the conservation team on Koh Phra Thong, Thailand. Minimum duraion of the position is 88 days and starting no later than January 2nd 2018. Start date is flexible between 8th of December and 2nd of January, but the end date is 31st of March 2018, not sooner. Please read the description of the position and send open application with CV to bookings (at) naucrates.org by 20th of September.

Family volunteering in Thailand

family volunteeringOur conservation project is also open for families who want to come and enjoy a bit of a different holiday with lots of learning and amazing nature. Families can join us for 1 week or longer with special rates. Email us for more details bookings (at) naucrates.org

“We spent a week with our family at the project living in the bungalow, eating with all the volunteers and of course the walks at the beach and the observation were a great experience. During the turtle-lesson, we learned many things about turtles and their behavior. The visit to the museum was very interesting too. At the beginning of the week we were a bit disappointed as we heard that we most probably wouldn’t see any turtles. It was a great week with great people and an unforgettable experience! Thanks!” Stephanie, 2017