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Marine resources in Phang Nga. Coastal ecology of Koh Phra Thong.

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Koh Phra Thong & Koh Ra coastal ecosystems

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The Andaman coast off Khuraburi is fortunate to host three distinctive and highly important marine eco-systems.

- Coral Reef
- Seagrass
- Mangrove Forest

The importance of these habitats can not be underestimated in their respective roles in maintaining the health and fecundity of the surrounding seas. The links above will transfer to more specific information on the Koh Phra Thong website.

Mangrove, Reef & Seagrass Nurseries

Juveniles of a large number of marine species reside in seagrass, mangrove and coastal reef locations throughout their infancy. Many then migrate to the open ocean during maturity.

These environments also provide homes for a broad range of other species. Unique members of the plant and animal kingdom can only be found within these intricate ecosystems. For example the highly endangered Dugong are still sighted in the waterways around Koh Ra and Koh Phra Thong.

Densest Mangrove Forests in Thailand

Thankfully, this part of the Andaman coastline still has some of the largest mangrove forest in Thailand. The sea grass coverage was significantly damaged during the 2004 Tsunami, as was some of the more exposed reef.

Nevertheless regrowth of these important marine habitats has been evident in the last few years and as long as other environmental stressors can be kept at bay then hopefully they will regain their former splendour.

Marine Conservation Opportunities

For 2012-2013 season, Blue Guru will be continuing local reef assessments and embarking on some restoration work in Tsunami affected areas. We continue to help Sampan with their reef monitoring work in the Surin Islands and will be initiating a shark monitoring project in the Andaman Sea with the assistance of the moken (sea gypsies) native to the area.

If you are especially interested in the broad diversity of Andaman marine life then why not join the Blue Guru Divemaster program? You will receive an exceptional standard of dive education under PADI Course Director Helen Macnee over the course of two months with accommodation provided on Koh Phra Thong. There are only four positions vacant per season. The next program starts in November 2012 and numbers are strictly limited. Join us for the experience of a lifetime.

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