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Chinese tourist arrested poaching parrotfish

PHUKET: A Chinese tourist has been arrested for catching baby parrotfish off Racha Yai Island, south of Phuket.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 25 January 2017, 01:09PM


Officials from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMRC) Phuket office, led by Director Suchat Rattanaruangsri and fellow Phuket DMRC officer Nared Choophueng, arrived at Racha Yai Island at 2pm yesterday (Jan 24) after being notified that a man was catching the fish at Plab Pla Beach.

The man, Chinese national Huang Yongjia, 35, had two baby Parrotfish in a plastic bottle.

Mr Huang was brought back to Phuket and taken to Chalong Police Station, where Lt Sakkarin Sangjaroen charged him with illegally removing marine life from coral reef areas.

“Part of the problem is the guides who do not warn tourists. Most tourists do not know that it is illegal to catch marine life,” Mr Suchat said.

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“We are trying to inform the guides of this problem, but the Phuket Tourism and Sports Office also needs to do something about these guides,” he added.

The DMRC and other marine officials earlier this month launched a series of counter-measures to prevent further coral damage by tourists and tour operators at Racha Yai after slew of incidents raised the alarm of how much damage was being done by visitors.

Among the action taken, in line with “demands” from local conservation groups, was for officials to have police on site to enforce marine conservation laws and to press charges against offenders.

Other measures included the installation of more mooring buoys to prevent tour boats from dropping anchors on reefs and to put increasing pressure on tour guides to responsibly educate tourists in their tour groups about local environmental laws and the moral responsibility of preserving the environment. (See story here.)

 

 

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Jor12 | 26 January 2017 - 18:55:28

Rorii...Eagle is correct and his comments are well justified. Eagle can't be a hypocrite as he not claiming to be anything. One can plainly see Kurt's mentality. We don't need to know his life, but his education standard is plainly on show and is right for Eagle and others to comment. Can't see how a movie title fits to your description, but then again your comments are on par with...

Bad Chinese | 26 January 2017 - 12:24:12

Good job. 

Based on Chinese law, any Chinese caught breaking the law while outside China will be deported back to China and face charges in a Chinese court.

Another example of a bad Chinese giving good Chinese a bad name.

Rorii | 26 January 2017 - 12:08:24

Eagle "Kurt,for me you are just a coward who is using the anonymity of the Internet," so, is "Eagle" your real name, or have you just proven yourself to be a hypocrite. Now, unless you actually know someone, it really is STUPID to make the suggestions you did, you have no idea what they do in their lives... there is a movie "Dumb and Dumber" somehow I think it fits he...

Kurt | 26 January 2017 - 11:45:24

Eagle;  It seems we both sit same times in front of a computer/iPhone.
Stay gentle, Eagle, don't call people names. Don't lower yourself. Keep some selfrespect.
And yes! I can comfort you to say that I join regular the group of volunteers to clean beach, collecting tons of garbage.
Actually the job of Rawai OrborTor to do daily.

Kurt | 26 January 2017 - 10:59:35

Eagle: I comment on matters. Privately I love to live in Thailand, already many years as a resident.
I don't drink when I drive, I stop for red traffic lights, use seat belt, don't speed, adjust speed when the roads are wet. If I want to park my car at a for us ment parking space and a tuk tuk driver threatens me to damage my car if I insist to park there than I leave. I stay out of troub...

Jor12 | 25 January 2017 - 18:14:08

Kurt...The problem is trying to get tourists to follow the rules in a strange land. No amount of lecturing/written brochures signs is going to change what a clown wishes to do. As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.

Kurt | 25 January 2017 - 15:14:29

Officials of DMRC, led by a DIRECTOR?
And all this thai soap opera to bring this tourist to Chalong police station?
What about the thai tour guide? I not see him on photos.

Why Phuket authorities are so anti chinese tourists and not punish the thai tour guide
Don't DMRC officials + DIRECTOR ( wow!, a director for this?)realize this funny thing goes all over china now?
The stupidity is w...

lizardofoz | 25 January 2017 - 14:49:26

All Creatures Great and Small the Chinese Eat them All!

Kurt | 25 January 2017 - 14:09:22

Yes,the thai tour guides are not a part of the problem, they are a 100% problem!
The thai tour guides suppose to inform the tourists while sailing to destination, to inform the tourists about the thai marine laws.
So, here should not the chinese tourist be arrested but the thai tour guide.

The thai tour guides are not a 'part of the problem'!
The thai tour guides ARE 100% the problem...

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