Tropical Island Conservation Project

Naucrates, an Italian NGO, has been running a Conservation Project on sea turtles, mangrove forest and coral reef at Phra Thong Island since 1996, in collaboration with the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC).  The project is registered at the National Research Council in Thailand.

In parallel to the scientific work which has allowed conservation strategies to be designed and applied to the nesting sea turtle population, an educational programme around the small communities and conservation awareness activities with local people and tourists is also carried out.
Since the beginning, we have found and protected nests belonging to 3 different species of marine turtles:  Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green turtle. Turtle nesting numbers have dramatically decreased over the years, so we cannot guarantee that during your volunteer period you will witness a nest or any hatchlings. During season 2018-2019, only at the end of the season (late March) one nest of green turtle was found on the beach.

Since the beginning, we have found and protected nests belonging to 3 different species of marine turtles:  Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green turtle. Turtle nesting numbers have dramatically decreased over the years, so we cannot guarantee that during your volunteer period you will witness a nest or any hatchlings. During season 2018-2019, only at the end of the season (late March) one nest of green turtle was found on the beach.   On the other hand, from a nearby hill you will observe juvenile turtles feeding and you will have the opportunity to learn about local wildlife; birds, monkeys and other animals. Likewise you will be involved in taking action toward the conservation of the environment, focusing on plastic reduction.

Nature is unpredictable and this needs to be understood by all participants.

The coming season will start on 9th of December 2019 and will run until 30th March 2020. Naucrates needs staff members and people who are willing to learn about Thai wildlife and conservation and help to; monitor long beaches, make a small difference towards creating a cleaner world, raise awareness among the tourists, enjoy the beauty of a tropical and remote island and work actively towards the preservation of local nature.

 

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