Rayong’s Marine Development and Research Center recently planted sea grass in Naklua Bay.
Tithi Chantaengpol, acting director of the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration Pattaya, hosted the July 10 event at the Naklua Fisheries Department with conservationists, students, tourists and local residents.
The objective of the activity was a social experiment to try and revive the sea life and plants in Naklua Bay after a series of pollution accidents that had affected coral, the beaches and the general environment.
It was also a way to encourage residents and tourists not to litter or throw rubbish into the ocean, and raise awareness about what they may be harming if they act carelessly.
Naklua Bay was chosen for the social experiment for planting seaweed and halimeda since the grasses’ survival rate is quite high according to the Marine Development and Research Center. Researchers and local authorities will be working closely and similar activities will be held again throughout the year if the first experiment proves successful.
Halimeda is known to be a sea plant that terminates a great amount of carbon dioxide on a yearly basis. As for seaweed, it is another source of food for fish and other marine animals.
Other benefits include sustaining currents and generating more growth among marine animals.