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Navy rallies to remove fishing nets from prized King Cruiser reef

Navy rallies to remove fishing nets from prized King Cruiser reef

PHUKET: Officers from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command departed Phuket today (Jan 28) to lead a mission including private dive operators to remove fishing nets from the popular King Cruiser reef.

By The Phuket News

Friday 28 January 2022, 05:44PM

This was the second time a large fishing net had been reported affecting the wreck, which sits on the seabed near the Shark Point dive site, east of Phi Phi Island, Third Area Command said in a statement today.

Over the past 20 years the wreck has become home to a stunning variety of soft corals, making it one of the most popular dive sites within quick reach from Phuket.

The Third Area Command said divers from Phuket had reported finding the net, which was damaging soft corals on the wreck’s hull.

Officers from the Third Area Command along with MV Mandarin Queen and divers from other local companies departed Phuket today to remove the net.

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The Third Naval Area Command reported that it expected to face challenges.

“Divers must be meticulous in gradually cutting the net so that it does not affect the soft corals, and divers have to safely release the fish caught in the net so they can return to the sea to help other marine animals to survive,” the Navy said in its release.

In posting its statement, the Third Area Command specifically thanked Nida Prateep Na Thalang for use of her photos.

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skorchio | 29 January 2022 - 10:16:15

Why oh why is commercial fishing allowed on a prized reef? Is it any wonder I didn't see a leopard shark at Shark Point for many years ...... 

JohnC | 29 January 2022 - 09:45:11

Feels a lot like Deja Vu. We were cutting fishing nets off reefs 20+ years ago so nothing has changed. Back then the navy did nothing about it, was left to dive operators and those that cared about the oceans to tackle it ourselves.

Kurt | 29 January 2022 - 07:39:01

Navy rallies to remove fishing nets?  Navy should rally in a anticipating way in this matter. Forbid fishing at/around coral reef areas. Not just forbid on paper, but patrol these areas active and enforce the law for a change.. Punish fishing boats, heavy fines + a 3 months confiscation.

charles | 28 January 2022 - 22:56:17

I volunteer with DMCR as i dive professional & this is not the 1st time to have happened , the dive community that do this volunteer work need to get the praise for doing this , not necessarily the Thai Navy.  if the navy want to get some "Kuddos"  from this continual occurrence they need to be more vigilant  & take decisive action against those responsible, IE the Thai fishing t...


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