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Protected marine life found at Phuket restaurants

Protected marine life found at Phuket restaurants

PHUKET: Two floating restaurants in Phuket have been charged with breach of environmental laws for having protected marine life in their possession.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 12 March 2023, 10:48AM

A team from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) inspected floating restaurants in Phuket yesterday (Mar 11) to check whether they had protected marine life is there possession as had been shown in social media clips.

The inspection revealed that two venues indeed had ornamental fish which could not be caught legally.

At one of the unnamed floating restaurants officials found captured butterflyfish, lionfish, orange-lined triggerfish and moray eels (11 in total).

The other venue was found in possession of moorish idols, lionfish and dog-faced puffer (four in total).

People in charge of the restaurants were taken to Karon Police Station for legal processing.

In November last year, managers of three seafood restaurants in Karon were arrested for illegally selling baby parrotfish for consumption. Unlike in the current case, the three restaurants were named that time. They were Chic Restaurant, Bounty Seafood, and Ton Tan Seafood.

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SadButTrue | 13 March 2023 - 13:25:17

I've heard butterfly fish is legal, but beautiful so can be considered as illegal. Triggerfishes are known to be illegal. But what's wrong with lionfish and moray eels? 

JohnC | 13 March 2023 - 09:12:26

Nothing new here. Been going on since tourists first started coming here and will continue to do so ehile money is to be made. Rawai's 'infamous' seafood market on the beachfront still sells many marine species that are protected. How often do the DMCR inspect the stalls there?

Capricornball | 12 March 2023 - 15:15:54

Just an ongoing issue, as most of these places and their owners/managers don't give 2 s#!^s about marine resources as long as they can sell it to someone. DMCR personnel essentially have to be making daily rounds randomly to keep on top of this. They really need to target the ignorant fishermen, as they are the primary source, and they seem to care less than everyone.


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