Coral reefs are an important underwater ecosystem, offering a means of filtering excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, a protection against the effects of tropical storms, and a means for fish populations to regenerate after fishing. The corals in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are affected by overfishing, and, like most of the world’s corals, by regular coral bleaching events which are the result of climate change and the warming of waters around the world.
Each year, during Thailand’s dry season, November to April, GVI staff, interns, and volunteers don flippers, mask, and snorkel to conduct coral conservation research in the Andaman Sea. By joining this coral conservation research volunteer project you will assist our research teams with conducting surveys of the coral reef, recording the health of the corals and the abundance of marine life. This data is submitted to the Thai government to assist with making decisions about adding stricter protection measures for specific marine areas, potentially limiting tourist visits and fishing activities. Volunteers can also assist with submitting this data to a citizen science project.
Contribute to coral reef conservation.
Work toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, Life Below Water.
Snorkel in the crystal clear, turquoise blue, tropical waters of Thailand’s Andaman Sea.
Experience the vibrant underwater world of Southern Thailand, spotting sea turtles, octopuses, and anemones.
Explore the region in your free time, going on recreational dives, island hopping around the bay, or visiting some of the many National Parks.
To find out more about this, and other GVI projects, please visit their expedition page!