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Phuket coral reef dive sites get helping hand to recover from mass tourism

PHUKET: A local reef restoration project has completed fixing more than 6,000 coral heads to artificial reefs at Maiton and Racha Yai islands to help the coral populations recover from damage by mass tourism.

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Saturday 22 April 2017, 09:35AM


A total of 1,600 coral heads were added to the artificial reefs over a three-day effort this week, led by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Phuket office, which concluded on Thursday (April 20).

Joining the DMCR Phuket team were officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) and volunteer-diver students from the Prince of Songkla University Phuket Campus.

“This week, we fixed 800 corals to artificial reefs at each island,” explained Watcharin Thintalang, Director of DMCR Phuket’s Marine and Coastal Management Department.

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“This brought the total number of coral heads put in place at the reefs to 6,000,” he added.

“We will keep going until we reach our target of putting in place 24,000 corals,” Mr Watcharin said.

“This way the number of corals will quickly increase, and when as corals grow, they will separate and expand to others areas,” he said.

 

 

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Kurt | 23 April 2017 - 14:38:45

@ Archie McHeid,   Yes, it is disastrous what happen under the eyes of the responsible thai officials.
And not only around Phi Phi, but everywhere.
There are a few fine thai environmentalists like Doctor Ton.
But they are rowing against the strong thai corrupt money current what make thai officials close their eyes for the destruction of their own country.
They only think today ( money-money), not think tomorrow ( beauty-beauty of my country).

See how much beauty of Phuket island has gone the last 10 years.
All for the coffer sake of corrupt officials and 'influential' rich people.

Again, I said it before, it is exactly like the thai Minister of Justice said in PN of 28 September 2016.
Local administration plagued with corruption.
With politicians and permanent officials being the most corrupt.

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Archie McHeid | 23 April 2017 - 10:43:43

All very well but I have just come back from a week in Phi Phi where I witnessed in Laem Thong and Ao Lanna speedboats taking (mostly Chinese tourists) snorkelling on the reefs there, and just blatantly throwing anchors onto the coral and completely destroying it. The reef in Laem Thong used to be nice and is in the process of becoming rubble, Ao Lanna's reef is still nice because they have only recently started taking people there but the damage is happening already.There are at least 15-20 speedboats repeatedly anchoring on/damaging the reefs there daily, just so that a few companies can make money. This doesn't benefit anyone on the end, so why is it allowed??

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