My story of getting into scuba diving and shark conservation is a story that starts with me ‘not’ getting into scuba diving, mainly because of a fear of sharks. I have since overcome my fears and have enjoyed 8 years working as a scuba instructor and participating in shark conservation. Read more.
Join Manta Ray expert Dr. Fabrice Jaine on an exclusive diving and research expedition to explore some of the best Manta hotspots in South-east Asia.
Dr. Jaine, Senior Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, award winning underwater photographer and notably a world leading expert on manta rays, will once again host the 2015 Ray of Hope Expedition from Thailand; visiting the Myanmar Archipelago and the Similan Islands for an eventful 8 days and 8 nights.
The islands that make up the Mergui Archipelago in Burma are home to the Moken people.
The Moken, often referred to as sea gypsies are listed in the bottom 5 poorest ethnic communities in the world. Depending nearly entirely on the sea, the fishermen face more and more pressures every year to their very existence.
Modern diseases are taking their toll on the Moken; malaria being a forerunner in the causes of death chart.
This disease is on the increase in the North Andaman region, effecting island dwellers from Burma, Thailand and the Moken. Those that have no access to health care, or no identification to receive any health care that might be available, have few options.
As our Shark Campaign GET SHARKS OFF THE HOOK gains momentum around Khao Lak we will get a further boost from a fund raising Quiz Night to be held at Walkers Inn on 1st May 2013.
Quiz night has been a regular feature for Khao Lak residents for the past few years, raising money for worthwhile local causes. This time round quiz night will help raise funds for our shark friendly materials. Each restaurant and business that supports Get Sharks Off the Hook receives posters and stickers to help raise awareness for the plight of sharks in the Andaman Sea and promotes their establishment as shark friendly. Continue reading →
Fuelled by his passion for diving at Similan Islands, Natt introduces Thailand’s underwater world with some stunning photography and clips while highlighting the effects that litter and plastic has on the world’s oceans.
After seeing fellow Thais littering the sea and learning from his father about dolphins suffocating on discarded plastic bags, Natt formed a group called Nautical Ninjas which he describes as a club of people interested in cleaning up the ocean, as well as producing his own film with his family,
“This is part of my effort to raise awareness that littering is going to kill our seas unless we stop dumping the sea with trash.” – Natt Jaitrong
Litter like this is killing the Thai Seas
In his film, Natt urges people not to litter the seas and to pick up trash whenever they visit the beach, the consequences for not doing so could lead to the extinction of Dolphins in Thailand.
Our first campaign in March 2011 had been an outstanding success considering our lack of experience in community work. We visited Ma Kyone Galet, one of the largest Moken villages in the Mergui Archipelago, with unwanted or used glasses to distribute amongst the Moken people to help improve the quality of life for those with poor eye sight. Last minute preparations had somehow been enough. Continue reading →
During the 2010-2011 Andaman Sea diving season See & Sea with the staff of MV Similan Jazz, had collected unwanted or used glasses to distribute amongst the Moken people to help improve the quality of life for those with poor eye sight. On 1 March 2011 MV Jazz embarked on her third Burma 9 Day Discovery Trip, a trip planned with adventure and discovery at heart but also with important work to do. In attendance were Dr Andrea Marshall & Dr Lindsay Marshall, two world renowned marine biologists. Continue reading →