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Fishermen receive reward for discovery of turtle egg nests as part of new preservation project

Fishermen receive reward for discovery of turtle egg nests as part of new preservation project

PHUKET: Two fishermen in Phang Nga have been rewarded as part of a new preservation initiative for discovering a mother leatherback turtle and her nest of eggs at Khao Lampi - Hat Thai Mueang National Park on Saturday (Nov 30).

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 4 December 2019, 11:00AM


One of the fishermen receives his B10,000 reward which he donated to a local school. Photo: Phuket Marine National Park Operation Center 2ool.  Photo: Phuket Marine National Park Operation Center 2

One of the fishermen receives his B10,000 reward which he donated to a local school. Photo: Phuket Marine National Park Operation Center 2ool. Photo: Phuket Marine National Park Operation Center 2

The recently introduced reward system encourages members of the public to report sightings of sea turtles laying eggs and discovery of egg nests.

The initiative is being supported by the Turtle and Habitat Conservation Fund and applies to nests and eggs discovered on Thai Mueang Beach, Bor Dan Beach, Na Tai Beach and Mai Khao Beach – all known nesting areas for sea turtles.

Chief Prarop Phang Ngan, of the Phuket Marine National Park Operation Center 2, explained that the reward was handed over in person by Chongklai Voraphongston, Deputy Director General of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.

Mr Chongklai came to give the reward after the fishermen found a mother leatherback turtle nesting on the sand in the evening of Nov 17.

“They contacted officers to check and verify the sighting then received B10,000 per person as a reward. They did not wish to be named and donated the B20,000 reward to a local school," Chief Prarop said.

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Additionally, a reward was given to Phang Nga resident Boonsak Sanon, 57. He received a B20,000 reward on Nov 27 after he found a sea turtle nest while fishing at Bor Dan Beach that morning.

Chief Prarop urged, “We all are so excited to see the eggs hatch and baby turtles go out to explore the sea. If anyone sees a turtle nesting on a beach, please call us at 076-679134 so we can quickly go to protect the eggs and take care of them.”

The move to give rewards follows a series of CCTV cameras being installed at Thai Mueang Beach to protect a leatherback sea turtle nest containing 85 eggs that was discovered on Nov 17.

The cameras were installed to prevent people stealing the eggs or disturbing the nest in any other way and is being broadcast online 24 hours a day. (See story here.)

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Island Man | 05 December 2019 - 06:14:03

What a generous and noble act by the fisherman donating his portion of the reward to a school. Bravo sir!

Capt B | 04 December 2019 - 11:50:24

The Fishermen should also be awarded with a free Chinese Meal complete with Oceanic White Tip Sharks Fin Soup

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