Sarah checks the Get Sharks Off the Hook sticker at Mars Bar & Cafe

No sharks on the menu

Sarah visits Mars Bar & Cafe with Get Sharks Off the Hook posters

For once, visiting Mars Bar on more official business.

It is the beginning of April and it is mid-afternoon, the heat of the day. But the heat and the sweat are quickly forgotten as soon as restaurant owners welcome us with a big smile on their faces. It is great to see that the local people of Khao Lak recognise the problem with shark fishing and that they can become aware of this, by showing customers they are having no sharks on their menu. Continue reading

A Whale Shark is worth its weight in tourism revenue

March Update

Get Sharks Off the Hook

The See and Sea shark campaign ‘Get Sharks Off the Hook‘ is now well under way. We have teamed up with GVI¬†(Global Vision International) to help spread the word and recruit restaurants onto the project. So far it has been a great success with fourteen restaurants committing to the cause. A surprising amount of restaurants weren’t interested in getting sharks off the hook and in the ocean, and an even more surprising number of restaurants actually had shark in some form on their menus! Continue reading

Tire trash underwater

Littering is Killing the Thai Sea

A brilliant and inspiring film by Natt Jaitrong, a 13 year old diver from Thailand.

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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.

Natt Jaitrong, Thai film maker

Natt Jaitrong

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 in the Thai Seas

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.

Further Viewing and Reading

Littering is Killing the Thai Sea Movie
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Moken Sea Gypsy with Glasses

Moken Campaign 2012

Novice monk at Ma Kyone GaletOur 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

Moken Campaign 2011

MV Similan JazzDuring 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

Moken Campaign 2011 Photos