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Stranded sea turtles give Phuket lifeguards an extra job in monsoon season

PHUKET: Members of the Phuket Lifeguard Service stationed at Nai Thon Beach yesterday (July 24) saved a turtle they found caught in a discarded fishing net.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 25 July 2017, 01:01PM


But sadly they have also found other turtles this week that have not been so lucky.

Vitanya Chuayuan, Deputy Chief of the Phuket Lifeguard Service, told The Phuket News today (July 25), “We found the turtle caught in the fishing net at Nai Thon Beach at 3pm yesterday afternoon. We cut the net and removed it from around the turtle. Luckily the turtle suffered no injuries and it swam back out to sea.

“But that sea turtle was lucky, lifeguards stationed at Kamala Beach yesterday found a dead Green turtle washed up on the beach which was between 60-70 centimetres long.

“It’s sad that we lost one more marine animal, it’s very sad,” Ms Vitanya said.

“In addition, on the morning of July 22, we found an injured Hawksbill turtle about 50cm in length on Nai Harn Beach in Rawai.

“We called officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) to take care of this turtle because it had a wound on its neck.

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“We believe that it washed up on the shore after it freed itself from a fishing net.

“This month we have found more sea turtles at Nai Thon and Kamala beaches. If they are caught in fishing nets we free them and put them back in the sea, However, if they are injured or dead we inform the Phuket Marine Biological Centre,” Ms Vitanya added.

PMBC officials confirmed that they received a report that Phuket lifeguards found a dead turtle on Kamala Beach yesterday and that they took the turtle back to the centre to find the cause of death.

They also confirmed that they have the rescued Hawksbill turtle in their care.  

Additional reporting by Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

 

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Jor12 | 27 July 2017 - 11:26:17

BenPendejo...the dicarding/loss of fishing gear is endemic worldwide.  For example, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported an average of 11 entangled large whales per year from 2000 to 2012 along the US west coast. It’s easy to highlight a problem. You can show pictures of ensnared turtles; seals and whales caught in nets. So what would be your solution to this worldwide problem? 

BenPendejo | 26 July 2017 - 00:55:50

Really sad state of affairs with marine management.  When is the Marine Office going to get off their ass and go have a chat with these ignorant fishing fleets that don't even think twice about cutting their nets and setting them adrift?  Ironic that those that make their livings off the sea are some of the worst abusers of it.  But, like all other management of natural resources in Thailand, ...

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