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.
Book for 2 weeks volunteering or more by November 30th 2017 and we offer you 45€ discount. Fill in the booking request form or email us for more information. This offer is valid only for new bookings and we require a deposit of 150€ to be paid to confirm the booking.
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.
Research Assistant, season 2016-2017
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.
- 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.