More artificial reefs to promote marine life off Phuket

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PHUKET, Dec 21 – Nearly 2,000 concrete blocks have been constructed on the sea floor off Kata Beach in this southern resort province as habitats for marine life, a senior provincial official reported.

Paiboon Upatsaring, chief of the Phuket Provincial Administration, said the artificial reefs extend eight kilometres from North to South, covering 24 sq km of Karon Bay.

An undersea survey in 2009 discovered that natural reefs in the area had rapidly deteriorated due to a lack of management which impacted marine and seaboard natural resources.

Artificial reefs built at Sirinart Marine Park, (Naiyang Beach), in Talang district, in the last two years have been successful in attracting and accumulating fish, corals and natural reefs, he said.