Thai marine department plants coral near Andaman island
Thailand’s Marine Resources division organised a coral planting activity in the waters off an Andaman Sea islet over the weekend. The event saw 250 natural coralline algae embedded in a manmade reef close to Koh Mai Thon Island.
Divers and Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) officers were among the estimated 150 people who turned out for the planting ceremony. DMCR Region 6 chief Suchat Rattanaruengsri explained that the coral planted at the reef was only one year old and should breed.
He carried on by saying DCMR had harvested the coral from locations like Phuket’s Ao Po Grand Marina. He added that this genre of coral was becoming harder to come by as poachers had been stealing it over the past few decades.
On a final note, Mr Rattanaruengsri stated that coral was a protected species. He said anybody who saw somebody else damaging or stealing it should report it to local authorities.
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