Thai navy divers remove fishing nets choking coral reefs off Koh Kra Islands

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Four dives over two days collected three fishing nets weighing altogether about 550 kilograms and the gillnets covered about 600 square meters of coral reefs 5-15 meters underwater and damaged about 80% of the reefs.

The Second Naval Area Command and volunteers removed about 550 kilograms of fishing nets from coral reefs off Koh Kra Islands in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.


Schools of fish swim around the corals choked by half a ton of discarded fishing nets.

Volunteer divers, academics from Prince of Songkla University and Walailak University and divers from the Second Naval Area Command conducted the environmental conservation mission near Hin Rua rock on Sept 4-5.


They had four dives on the two days and collected three fishing nets weighing altogether about 550 kilograms. The gillnets covered about 600 square meters of coral reefs 5-15 meters underwater and damaged about 80% of the reefs.

Thai navy divers removed 550 kgs of discarded fishing nets covering coral reefs off Koh Kra Islands.

Officials assumed that the fishing nets had been there for over a month.

The Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center under the Second Naval Area Command and academics will work out plans to rehabilitate the damaged coral reefs. (TNA)

Volunteer divers, academics from Prince of Songkla University and Walailak University and divers from the Second Naval Area Command conducted the environmental conservation mission near Hin Rua rock on Sept 4-5.