Buoy, artificial reef projects OK’d

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Chonburi officials approved new buoys for Bali Hai Pier and continued artificial reef laying in Pattaya.

Supitcha Piyaputtichai, director of Chonburi Strategy and Information Development Department, led a team of inspectors to evaluate the two projects May 31.

Both were deemed unharmful to the marine environment and permitted to continue.

The first is a 27.6-million-baht project to install new navigation buoys near Bali Hai Pier. Construction is expected to take six months.

The permit for the artificial reef project continues work ongoing since 2008 to lay 1,300 circular concrete drainage pipes in Pattaya Bay to jumpstart coral growth and rekindle the marine ecosystem.

The 1.5-million-baht plan was approved with officials asking only for progress reports on the regrowth of the coral and fish population.