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More than 200kg of fishing nets collected from Shark Point

More than 200kg of fishing nets collected from Shark Point

PHUKET: More than 200 kilograms of fishing nets were collected from Shark Point, also called Hin Musang, off Koh Yao Yai, east of Phuket, in an underwater drive cleanup by Thais and foreigners yesterday (Dec 1).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 06:33PM

The underwater cleanup cleared more than 200kg from the popular Shark Point reef. Photo: DMCR

The underwater cleanup cleared more than 200kg from the popular Shark Point reef. Photo: DMCR

The discarded fishing nets were cleared by five officers and 15 volunteer divers from Phuket – 10 Thais and five foreigners, Prajuab Mokaratana, Chief of the Marine Resources Division of the Region 6 office, told The Phuket News today. 

“We were informed by our volunteers that there were some fishing nets stuck with the wreck of the sunken King Cruiser boat, which has become a popular dive attraction close to Hin Musang. The nets were dangerous and damaging for corals and other marine life,” he said. 

The operation took about 45 minutes to bring the fishing nets up to surface and brought on board the boat used in the cleanup, Mr Prajuab said.

“One of the fishing nets collected in the cleanup was about 150 metres long,” he added. 

Mr Prajuab urged fishermen and the general public to be careful about what waste they discard that ends up in the sea.

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“To every person, not only fishermen, please do not leave your nets or other waste left so it ends up in the sea, especially plastic bags. We find a lot of these in the bodies of marine animals,” he said. 

“Plastic bags are difficult to decompose, and they harm the digestive system of turtles, whales and dolphins,” he said.

“Also, fishermen should not be anywhere near coral reefs,” he added.

“If anyone sees fishermen or tour boats leaving trash in the sea, please inform us by calling 076-679130 so that we can go to investigate and punish them,” Mr Prajuab said.

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Jor12 | 07 December 2020 - 04:26:04

k...that is what I said, if it's not to your liking and you if don't like what Governments provide for you, go out and do something about it.  

Kurt | 06 December 2020 - 20:40:35

 Jor12, You are wrong.  It is correct: Clearly not liking what the Government now not do, but has to do. Getting out of the offices and do their field work. Not doing so is indeed not my liking. That was and is my comment.

Jor12 | 06 December 2020 - 14:53:52

k...incorrect again. Read what you stated, "Suggest them to get out of their offices and do their field work."

Kurt | 06 December 2020 - 10:11:22

Jor12 turns things. It is:..' Clearly what the Government is NOT doing what she suppose to do is not my liking'...

Jor12 | 05 December 2020 - 15:05:53

k...clearly what Government Departments do is not to your liking in which case it behoves civic minded citizens to rally to the cause. Dash cams on a boat is an excellent start.

Kurt | 05 December 2020 - 11:06:47

Jor12,  Suggest you lesser promote 'civic duty' to foreigners and more encouraging Government Officials who are paid for it to do all this. Suggest them to get out of their offices and do their field work.

Jor12 | 04 December 2020 - 12:07:00

k...take your dash cam out there and report back

Kurt | 04 December 2020 - 10:53:17

In and around ships wrecks is a rich marine life, including fish. Fishing boat crews know that, are willing to risk nets to do a profitable catch. Forbid fishing around ship wrecks, and check/monitor that. May be there is already a Thai law about it, but not 'implemented'. Are Marine Offices out at sea there to monitor?

Kurt | 04 December 2020 - 10:38:00

Again someone pulls 'abroad' in, where it is same in this particular Phuket and marine surrounding area problem. As or that will be a excuse or 'soften' our problem. This is about 'here', not somewhere else. With note that in many countries this problem is much better under control. Don't compare with worse, that brings you to nowhere. Compare with better to improve mat...

Pascale | 03 December 2020 - 15:51:40

Kurt,are they counting the fishing gear in other countries ? Do you think it's a Thai problem only ? Sadly all the ocean's etc. worldwide are polluted with those nets or other lost fishing gear.

Kurt | 03 December 2020 - 11:05:24

We know just verbal appealing the fishing industry doesn't work. Needs force. ( European yellow card was a good example). They need to be hit in their wallets, that is the only language they willing to understand. For the sake of Thai marine environment.

Kurt | 03 December 2020 - 09:31:18

Advocate again: Marine offices should count the number of nets on fishing boats before they depart, and count again upon the return of the boats. Net missing? Than investigate about it and fine the Captain or hold the boat for 2 weeks in port, during which period the captain can sail with Marine Office to retrieve the missing net.

Galong | 02 December 2020 - 21:11:52

"...please do not leave your nets or other waste left so it ends up in the sea."  Oh, I'm sure no one has heard this before. I'm sure this plea will change peoples' ways. Seriously, how about some patrolling and arresting for a change.

Capricornball | 02 December 2020 - 18:57:25

"Mr Prajuab urged fishermen and the general public to be careful about what waste they discard ."  Just a heads up...a significant percentage of trash in the oceans is from fishermen, and probably 99% of fishing nets are from fishermen.  They are nearly all poorly educated and couldn't care less about what they do with their trash or nets. As long as it is easy for is good.


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