Phuket eco organisation excellence

August 10, 2014 Marine conservation

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Phuket eco organisation excellence

Originally Posted on 10th August 2014| Original Link

PHUKET: It’s a great time to get involved in marine conservation. In the 13 years I have lived here the marine conservation landscape has changed tremendously

Never before have more people and organizations come together for the common cause of marine conservation in Phuket. And with the big changes for the better happening in Thailand and Phuket under the new leadership, now is a great time to get involved. 1407489045_9007 The number of efforts currently underway by various charities and NGOs is almost too many to list, so I have created a short list of some of my favourites which I have chosen based on very unscientific criteria from my own perceptions of organizational effectiveness. These organizations, in my opinion, actually produce results directly improving the quality of our marine environment. I encourage all to pick one or two and get involved. Shark Guardian Shark Guardian, a UK-registered charity run by Lis and Branden Ward is located in Khao Lak. They primarily work to improve shark conservation awareness by teaching school children both in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia about the hugely detrimental effects shark fin soup has on the world’s shark populations in addition to dispelling shark myths. They also work to educate restaurants and lobby governments and private entities such as airlines to ban shark fin. They are currently recruiting for shark leaders. See or Facebook: /SharkGuardianWorldWide for more info. The Dive Tribe The Dive Tribe is a Thai registered company based in Pattaya but slowly expanding into Phuket. The owner of the company, Gwyn Mills, is one of the busiest people I have ever met. Equipped with an on-site laboratory, he works tirelessly with local universities, governmental bodies and marine conservation researchers on a laundry list of projects including The Seahorse Project, shark education, awareness and releases, Helix-drilled mooring lines, and artificial reef building. See or on facebook at /Thedivetribe. Green Fins Green Fins originated as a United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) with the purpose of establishing a code of conduct for reef users in Southeast Asia and a system for customer-reviewed feedback of those reef users. Green Fins Thailand is run out of the Phuket Marine Biological Center by Dr Niphon Phongsuwan and volunteers such as Petchrung “Aey” Sukpong who work to improve awareness of the importance of the code of conduct for the future of our reefs. They are accepting applications now for volunteers to help in a variety of roles in reef conservation, particularly in disseminating information to reef stake holders and conducting reef surveys theough the “Reef Watch” assessment program. They have a very detailed website in both English and Thai at SEEK SEEK stands for Society, Environment, Economy and Knowledge. Primarily terrestrial based, many of SEEK’s projects focus on keeping our coastlines clean through establishing beach cleaners and local “Green Clubs”, as well as working with local universities to test outflow of water from the klongs, and promoting anti-littering campaigns in Thai schools. For more info see While these are four organizations which I have personally worked with and found to be positive and effective, there are several honorable mentions which can be found with a quick search on the internet: Namely, Fin Free, Get Sharks Of The Hook, Go Eco Phuket, The Seahorse Project and the Phuket Environmental Protection Association. – See more at:


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