Project Manaia aims at surveying, understanding and ultimately protecting the Mergui Archipelago of Southern Myanmar. The Mergui Archipelago stands more than 800 pristine, largely uninhabited islands, virtually isolated and in their natural state. Extending along the coast of Myanmar south to Thailand lies a world waiting to be discovered, harbouring undisturbed marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Project Manaia focuses on Mapping, Marine Megafauna and Monitoring and is already helping to better understand, document and push for greater protection of the Mergui islands. Baseline surveys of marine life, Coral reef health and fishing statistics are crucial to understanding the impacts of development and will inform planning to help preserve the region.