We are a joint coral reef conservation effort between Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa, Phuket, Thailand and the Department of marine and coastal resources (DMCR).
In late 2017, executives of Thavorn Hotels and Resorts had the welcome officials from the DMCR to do a site study on the health of the local reef in front of Nakalay bay, home of company’s flagship property Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa.
From the study, we found that the coral reef at Nakalay bay is in relatively healthy condition compared to others around Phuket due to the following factors:
- The bay is relatively isolated from tourist activities. Other than Thavorn Beach Village Resort and Spa, there were no other major tourist attractions in the area resulting in few tourist traffic that could damage the reef
- Lack of large scale construction projects in the area for a long time that risked soil runoffs that decimated many coral reefs around Phuket
- Nakalay bay’s relatively inaccessible nature helped control the amount of traffic, whether it be tourist or local, into the area. The only convenient access to Nakalay bay was only through the hotel entrance itself. This helped the marine life at Nakalay bay remain relatively undisturbed compared to the many beaches around Phuket
Yet, the DMCR identified 3 main threats that could still harm the reef:
- Unregulated fishing activities in the area during low tide resulting trampling and damage to the reef
- Presence of coral predators, namely the crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster Planci) which proliferated due to imbalance in ecosystem resulted from overfishing in Phuket
- Underwater garbage such as fishing nets and plastic from surrounding areas that entangle corals and thus killing them
With all the information in mind, Thavorn Hotels and Resorts and the DMCR embarked on the journey protect and restore Nakalay bay’s coral reef. Our two main goals are as follows:
- 1) To help restore, preserve, and grow Nakalay Bay’s coral reef
- 2) To become a successful case study of business involvement in Coral conservation and ultimately inspire other businesses to do the same.