Pattaya plans artificial reefs for Jomtien, Naklua

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Hoping to boost the local fish population, Pattaya plans to create artificial reefs from old drainage pipes off Jomtien and Naklua beaches.

At an Oct. 10 meeting, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh said the 1.5 million baht project aims to increase the fertility of the local seas and grow the amount of aquatic life to promote tourism and support fishermen.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presides over a city hall planning meeting to create artificial reefs off Jomtien and Naklua beaches. Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh presides over a city hall planning meeting to create artificial reefs off Jomtien and Naklua beaches.

Initial plans call for concrete pipes accumulating on Jomtien Beach to be dumped off beaches between March and May next year.

Should the national Department of Fisheries give speedy approval of the project, the start could be moved up to January, he said.