‘Marine Resource Conservation along the Rayong Coastline’ Project

Supporting the local fishery and marine sustainability in Rayong

In recognizing the importance of rehabilitating marine resources, we initiated the ‘Marine and Resource Conservation along the Coastline of Rayong’ project to restore a balanced ecosystem that contributes to the sustainability of Rayong’s seas and increases incomes for the area’s long running local fisheries.

The industry sector is a key growth driver for Rayong province. However, it’s important not to overlook the local fishery which is essential to local residents and incorporates the provinces geography which includes a roughly 105 kilometer stretch of beautiful coastline.

In the past, there were plenty of fish and other marine animals in the sea. Today, Rayong is facing a significant decline due to commercial fisheries which tend to use illegal, unreported fishing tools and practices for large-scale catches, in addition to catching younger schools of fish. Furthermore, the anchors and other components of large fishing boats are destructive to the habitat of marine animals, which can have a major impact on their reproductive behavior. The deforestation of mangrove forests due to increased urbanization is also playing a crucial role in destroying natural habitats and the nursery grounds of marine animals.

As GC recognizes the importance of rehabilitating marine resources, the ‘Marine and Resource Conservation along the Coastline of Rayong’ project was implemented to build a balanced and fertile ecosystem that supports marine sustainability in Rayong’s seas.

The project’s activities encompass multiple dimensions to achieve qualitative and quantitative results for the marine ecosystem including:

Building marine habitats using fish traps

Building coastal habitats for marine animals can help improve aquatic biodiversity along the coastline of Rayong province through the use of fish traps which provide a barrier allowing a fishery conservation area. This supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

Project Operations and Performance

Building marine habitats using fish traps

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Rehabilitating local fisheries through ‘crab banks’

Female blue swimmer crabs are nurtured in floating baskets in a nursery pond for 1-2 days allowing them to cast their eggs from their shells. This approach increases the number of crabs through a natural growth process. Furthermore, local fishermen play a pivotal role in conserving marine species by complying with fishery closures during the spawning season.

Project Operations and Performance

Local fishing boats have caught an increasing number of crabs.

Releasing marine species

GC, in collaborating with PTT Group, released marine species in suitable sea conditions including sea bass, spotted babylon, soft cuttlefish, black tiger prawn, and banana shrimp.

Project Operations and Performance

Releasing marine species

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Reforesting mangrove forests

Growing mangrove trees, including spurred mangroves which are common in Rayong province, particularly along coastal mangrove forests in Ta Than and the Gon Peek estuary, for the development and conservation of coastal fishery resources.

Project Operations and Performance

Mangrove trees were planted

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Farming sea grapes

Assisting small-scale fisheries and increasing incomes for local fishermen through the farming of sea grapes which are rich in nutrients and offer health benefits.

Project Operations and Performance

Local fisheries are farming sea grapes creating additional jobs and incomes.

Establishing the ‘Secondhand Engine Oil Bank’ Project

Reducing any environmental impacts caused by the inefficient management of used engine oil and generating income for the Fisheries Promotion Fund led by a local small fishing boat community in Rayong.

Project Operations and Performance

Stored engine oil


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The marine environment is improving, as indicated in the increase in marine species and higher incomes for small-scale fisheries. This has created a balanced ecosystem and improved livelihoods for local fishermen.

We are delighted to help bring back the natural richness to Rayong’s seas.

Last Update Apr 2021