Project changes

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.

Annual Meeting 2019

Naucrates XVIII Annual Meeting

8 June 2019

The 2019 Naucrates Annual Meeting will be held in Napoli, Italy on 8 June 2019 at 11.00.

Objectives:

  • Presentation of activities conducted during the year 2018/19
  • Presentation on the Naucrates Conservation Project, Thailand
  • Approval of the annual balance
  • Presentation of future plans
  • Discussion of new member ideas

Everyone is welcome, all participants must register as Naucrates member

For the occasion, we are organizing activities for all of you coming in Italy.

Here is a possible plan:

Friday:

  • Arrival DAY. Check in into your individual hotels.
  • Meet at the ……. for dinner and drinks!  (details to be forwarded)

Saturday:

  • h. 11.00     Naucrates Annual Meeting in Posillipo
  • 11.00 -11.30 Naucrates activities year 2018-19; Monica Aureggi, president
  • 11.30-12.00  Conservation project in Thailand: where are we? Alessandra, Naucrates researcher.
  • 12.00-12.15 coffee break
  • 12.15-13.00  Thailand project Action Plan, sharing ideas
  • 13.00 – 14.00     Discussion – new Plan
  • h 14     Lunch in townAfter the meeting lets all pose for a group photo!
  • h.14.30-19.00 visit the town…..walk…
  • h20 Pizza all together 

There’s lots to do at Napoli – but some of it will depend on the weather!  Here’s some options listed below

Sunday:

  • Naples National Archaeological Museum
  • Veiled Christ at Capella Sansevero (Tour guides and art books often use words like “the statue seems to come to life” to describe well-carved marble figures, but I think that phrase is so overused as to feel meaningless. It’s exactly what springs to mind, however, when you get a look at the Veiled Christ sculpture in the center of the Sansevero Chapel. Carved in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino, it shows the figure of Christ lying under what looks like a piece of the thinnest of fabrics. The facial features are clearly visible, as are the body and even the crucifixion wounds, but the entire body is covered by the delicate folds of a cloth. The visual effect is truly stunning. There are two other sculptures of note in the Capella Sansevero, each dedicated to one of the parents of the man who commissioned them and built the chapel, but it’s the Veiled Christ which rightfully commands all the attention. I defy you to not leave the chapel in awe of that kind of sculptural skill.)
  • Tour Naples Underground
  • Get a breath of sea air on the Lungomare and Castel dell’Ovo
  • Experience Catholic grandeur at Gesù Nuovo
  • Palazzo Reale (envisaged as a 16th-century monument to Spanish glory (Naples was under Spanish rule at the time), the magnificent Palazzo Reale is home to the Museo del Palazzo Reale, a rich and eclectic collection of baroque and …)
  • Cimitero delle Fontanelle (holding about eight million human bones, the ghoulish Fontanelle Cemetery was first used during the 1656 plague, before becoming Naples’ main burial site during the 1837 cholera epidemic. At the end of the 19th cent…)
  • Take the funicular to Castel Sant’Elmo
  • Eat Pizza at Michele or Gino Sorbillo
  • Eat Sfogliatelle
  • Take a Day-Trip to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, or the Islands (you may need a whole day)
  • Take a Day-Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum ((you may need a whole day)

 

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.

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.

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.