We are running research Expeditions on board our Sailing Catamaran "Sea Nomad" into the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. With our work, we are pushing towards more marine protection, establishing of Marine Protected areas and No Take Zones in the area as well as raising awareness among the local communities.
The Mergui Archipelago is yet a rather closed environment with only 20 foreign flagged vessels allowed to enter the area. We are trying to explore and establish protected area before Mass Tourism and industries even get a chance to move into the Archipelago.
In the first season of the project we already documented more than 200 species above and under water, several of which are IUCN Red Listed as endangered around the world - which makes a very strong case to protect the islands already.
However with paperwork and governments not reacting as fast as we wished they would we keep busy providing proof for necessity of protection. This Season we will be based out of Boulder Island, one of the remote Mergui islands and run expeditions starting from there as well as working together with a small scale eco lodge on the island creating awareness for the beauty of the area working with locals and small groups of guests at the same time with a focus on data collection and research along with education