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Studying Environmental Systems in Ranong

Prem International School, Chiang Mai

28 September – 1 October 2019

Barge Program were delighted to welcome students from Prem International School Grade 12 Environmental Systems class to take part in their first Ranong marine ecosystem field trip. 
The intrepid students spent three days exploring the marine habitats of Ranong. Tasked with completing a number of different data collection techniques, including belt and line transects, chemical water testing, sweep netting and mark recapture studies, the aim was to explore biodiversity, species abundance and investigate biotic and abiotic influences on the different marine ecosystems in the area, including Rocky Shores, Seagrass Beds, Mangroves and Estuaries.

Conscious of their carbon footprint the students also elected to plant 60 mangrove trees, including members of the locally important the Brugaeria and Aegialitis families, as part of a local mangrove regeneration project. The students also worked hard to complete a beach clean-up, removing several large bin bags full of rubbish, sadly much of which was single use packaging and is recyclable.

Highlights of the trip including finding a number of interesting marine species present in the sea grass beds during our Bioblitz such as a small moray eel, anemone shrimp and covering their teacher with mud after a successful crab recapture effort in the mangroves.

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