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Floating jetty removed from Phuket beach after ‘dead corals’ claim

PHUKET: The floating jetty under investigation for damaging corals immediately offshore at Kamala Beach has been removed, the Phuket Marine Office has confirmed

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Friday 11 November 2016, 12:15PM


The Phuket Marine Office issued an order on Wednesday (Nov 2) for Kamala Bay Venture Co Ltd to remove the jetty. The order signed by Phuket Marine Office Director Surat Sirisaiyad.

The order gave the company three days to remove the jetty. The jetty was removed last Friday (Nov 4).

In the order issued on Wednesday, Phuket Marine Chief Surat confessed that his office gave permission to install the jetty, but started that after an investigation by local marine conservation officials it was agreed that it was best to have the jetty removed.

“The floating jetty damaged more than 600 square metres of corals, which breaches Section 17 of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act (2015),” Chief Surat wrote in the order.

“The permit issued to the company also listed conditions, including that if the jetty affects the marine environment, the company must seek a solution and report the incident to the Marine Office and the company must follow other laws and regulations regarding installing jetty,” Mr Surat added.

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“After reviewing the conditions and the conclusion of the investigation by marine conservation officials we decided to revoke the permit issued on August 23 and (now) order the company to remove the floating jetty and the concrete jetty (sic) from the beach within three days of receiving this letter.”

The order made no mention of whether or not the Phuket Marine Office would be pursuing Legal action against the company, as threatened Suchart Rattanariangsri, Director of the DMCR’s Marine Resource Conservation Division at the Sixth Marine Coastal Resources Administration Office (Phuket).

When investigating the jetty, he was adamant his office will file charges against the hotel – despite the Phuket Marine Office issuing its permit of approval. (See story here.)

Read more at http://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-beach-floating-jetty-investigated-for-causing-coral-damage-59711.php#uGLXif8ROOgeGFGe.99

 

 

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Kurt | 12 November 2016 - 17:57:06

seanmc: I agree with you 100%, Very well said!
Point is, thai authorities don't interact, not co-orporate, they all have their own limited box to sit in.
The only thing they express is:"There are many laws involved".
Than they lay back in their office arm chair and relax until lunch time. 
Bla bla is a job, really. Is it not? 
This affair proves it.

Point is, Seanmc, no thai authority cares about dead coral, they not even care about living corals around surrounding islands of Phuket where illegal accomodations release there untreated water and kill the living coral!
They just care about massaging money out of the whole affair.

The use of section 17 of marine and coastal resources management act ( 2015), they not use it for the surrounding islands were are many illegal settlement dumping their untreated waste water all over the stil living coral! 

Section 17 is misused for filling own coffers, like at kamala.
Section 17 is degraded to a savings account of/for ....?

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seanmc | 12 November 2016 - 16:28:39

absolutely idiotic and disgusting series of missteps by Provincial Marine authorities. 
The company which installed the Kamala Bay Ventures Co., Ltd. will manage a new Hyatt Regency hotel there.
What are you going to do now, Khun Surat - import new coral.?

I remember when there was an large area of healthy coral, there, off the south west end, of the beach. Once the international 5 star hotel and mansions development ripped out the hillside, in 2006 - apparently (im not expert) the coral took a real beating from the resulting mud runoff.
The locals businesses can write off Kamala, expect for the hiso on the hillside.
The local tourist economy is going downhill, steadily and one of the reasons is that Thais refuse to raise their voices to protect what needs protecting. I love and respect the country and count Thais as friends. But when is this foolishness going to stop? Thais thinking only of money money;  little realizing that their most precious resources are being destroyed.

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Kurt | 11 November 2016 - 14:59:12

Is section 17 of Marine and Coastal Resources Management Act ( 2015) not also ment for untreated water release of laundries, hotels, guesthouses, urine, faeces into many Phuket beach waters?
Was it not that what kill the corals, and now talk about already long time death corals?
This whole floating cat walk affair with different department which , unbelievable, did not co-ordinated their 'protection efforts' of already death corals, it is a childish thai laugh story.
Now they want to fill some money coffers by blaming the hotel? The hotel got permission/license.
This so openly incompetent of different government bodies, it looks like:.. This story can't be true. Not even in Thailand...
But it is true.

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