Ocean Action Project – Finalist 4

Over the last five days we are featuring the five finalists from South East Asia. You can only vote once so make sure you check out all the finalists before voting! All entries: https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/224907/voteable_entries 

The fourth featured finalist from our region is the entry: Protect Sharks & rays in Surin National Park, Thailand.

Blue Guru, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort


What’s the Ocean Action about? Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock are renowned magnets for migrating whale sharks & manta rays. Yet the National Park’s no-fishing zone only extends 3 miles from land and excludes a channel between the parks where fishermen can catch anything, including sharks & rays! There has been a noticeable decline in sharks and rays. But robust data is needed to campaign for expansion and greater policing of the National Park no-fishing zone around whole Surin/ Richelieu area. This project will increase the number of monitoring activities to include monthly trips dedicated to surveying all shark/ ray sightings and fishing boats. It will also involve local Thai/ Moken divers in surveys helping to increase local acceptance of actions driving improved environmental protection of Surin’s valuable natural resources. Working with the Phuket and Bangkok University’s a convincing argument to call for greater expansion and policing of the park will be made.

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