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Dead fish not blasted out of water, department says

PHUKET: The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has dismissed a report that dead fish sighted at the Surin Islands, located about 150 kilometres northwest of Phuket, were killed by illegal fishing involving explosives.

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Bangkok Post

Saturday 8 April 2017, 11:59AM

The colourful coral reefs provide a natural home for the Clownfish. Photo: Bangkok Post
The colourful coral reefs provide a natural home for the Clownfish. Photo: Bangkok Post

Department Chief Thanya Nethithammakul said authorities had confirmed there was no explosion or evidence of one at Richelieu Rock, which is one of the top diving sites in the country.

“We have found no trace of an explosion there,” he said.

“The rock is still perfect. You can check it again with the national park chief or the director of National Park Office.”

The department commented after a Facebook user shared a photo of the supposed damaged rock and dead fish around the area.

The user claimed that fish had died and Richelieu Rock sustained damage as a result of an explosion.

The Facebook post also raised concerns from conservationists, including Thon Thamrongnawasat.

He wrote on Facebook that a national park official told him there was no trace of an explosion and that the dead fish might be the result of people using illegal fishing tools.

If the site was damaged, it is a serious case, he wrote.

He wrote that if it poses a threat to the marine environment, tourism and security, urgent measures need to be taken.

He also wrote that, last year, the Lo Sin Islands in Pattani and Kra Islands in Nakhon Sri Thammarat were damaged by foreign fishing boats.

Nattaporn Ratanaphan, Chief of the Marine National Park Division, also insisted there was no explosion, and said officials usually conduct patrols to take care of the rock as it is one of the country’s most important diving sites.

The department has also arranged for guards to take care of the site throughout the night.

Previously, there was a report of an explosion killing fish not far from the diving site, which was confirmed to be an act by trawlers from a neighbouring country.

A source from the department said it was possible dead fish in the photo posted on Facebook were a kind of tuna.

Some dead fish from the catch might have been found at the site where the photo was taken, the source added.

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Kurt | 09 April 2017 - 10:56:37

@ Asterix:  Interesting to read your writing. it is as you wrote.

Point with thai officials is: Everything must be easy to be done.
No confrontations with law breakers, no night work, a bit of waves already make them say that they can not sail out.

To find traces of explosions you have to dive for it.
Desk officials are no licensed scuba divers.

The 'possible dead fish' were a 'kind of tuna'?
What kind of comment is that from a professional official?

Tell us now why that fish did die, Officials.

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Asterix | 08 April 2017 - 12:10:09

"Nattaporn Ratanaphan, chief of the marine national park division, also insisted there was no explosion, and said officials usually conduct patrols to take care of the rock as it is one of the country's most important diving sites.
The department has also arranged for guards to take care of the site throughout the night."

MY PERSONAL COMMENT - DNP Rangers come in the morning by large RIB (1 engine) or by speedboat (1 engine) to collect money Diver: 500 + 200 = 700 Baht per day) and they leave at noon.
Most of dive boat operators do not beleive that they have on standby a DNP Ranger boat to protect the pinnacle at night against poachers as Surin NP does not have large boat to be able to be mooring at night in rough sea or the large DNP patrol boat that Surin NP is operating, costs too much money to keep it running by the sea.
Anyway, the log-books of all DNP Patrol Boats from Surin NP should confirm black on white when and where they are patrolling Surin Islands National Park including Richelieu Rock.

Since long time, Richelieu Rock (Surin NP) and Hin Daeng (Koh Lanta NP) should had have a lighthouse with radar, cameras and "AIS Vessel Tracking System" and even a living quarter for DNP Rangers to be able to monitor fishermen who are poaching at night around protected pinnacles inside Marine national Parks in the Andaman Sea.
Shark Point (Hin Musang), Koh Ha Yai Islands, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang (Koh Kanta NP) have the same problems and at night a lot of long-tail-boats and larger fishing boats are poaching fish at night.

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