Manta Ray Research
Manta Ray Conservation
Helping the Moken
Rooted with a deep devotion to the Mergui Archipelago in Burma and the islands to the south in Thailand, we hope our determination will bring about environmental changes that are essential to save the now extremely fragile eco system that is under daily threat from unsustainable fishing and the deliberate targeting of valuable species such as sharks and manta rays. The Andaman Sea is also home to the Moken, often referred to as sea gypsies who are listed in the bottom 5 poorest ethnic communities in the world. Depending nearly entirely on the sea, these nomadic fishermen face more and more pressures every year to their very existence.
One of the goals of See and Sea is to improve the quality of life for the Moken so we can work together for a sustainable future through aid programs and educational projects.
A Moken shop owner and his family with their new wheelie bin. Containing trash is the first steps in tackling the malaria problem at Ma Kyone Galet
On a See and Sea Burma Liveaboard with Dr Andrea Marshall and photographer Jannik Pedersen as they take time out for some group photographs with some of the Moken children from Ma Kyone Galet
A Moken man displays his catch of the day. The Moken people’s diet consists mainly of sustainably caught seafood, however, a shark is a valuable catch for the unscrupulous finning industry.
With our roots planted firmly, deep within the Andaman Sea, See and Sea endeavour to work closely with the Moken in the Mergui Archipelago and also towards a healthier, more plentiful and safe marine environment.
See and Sea originated from a number of trips to the Mergui Archipelago and our wish to help the environment and the Moken people who live there. The charity organisation now offers keen divers and travellers the possibility to travel to the Mergui Archipelago on research and philanthropically driven Burma Liveaboards. In 2014 we will continue with our donations of malaria medicine and glasses. We will also be assessing an island as a potential location for a new sea cucumber cultivation project, all proceeds generated will provide the Moken with an income.
Based in a town where the majority of the economy is based in tourism, especially scuba diving, the See and Sea Organisation hopes to raise public awareness of the current plight of sharks. In recent years we have been shocked and disheartened by the number of sharks we see pulled ashore by the fishing boats, and have compared this to the declining numbers in the Andaman Sea. The survival and re-population of these species is of vital importance, not only to the environment as a whole, but also for the local population so heavily dependant on tourism.
See & Sea’s Current Projects
If you would like to help the Moken we need volunteers to assist in our projects in Burma. Please conact us for more details on how you can ‘get involved’.
Join us in the fight to save sharks in the Andaman Sea. If you are a shark free restaurant owner, sign up with us now to show you helped get sharks off the hook.
Contact us to learn more about Manta Ray conservation and protection. Educational presentations and campaigns conducted by Manta Ray enthusiasts and experts.
Sea and See is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the declining numbers of sharks living in the Andaman Sea. Read more here.
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