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Diver shares photos of coral, marine life strangled by fishing nets in national park

Facebook/Tat Kewngaam

A diver has shared photos of what he describes as “horrific” sights of coral and marine life being strangled by discarded fishing nets in a marine park. Tat Kewngaam took the photos while diving off the coast of Koh Kradan, in the southern Trang province.

The island is 2.4 square kilometre and very popular with snorkelers and divers due to its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and plentiful coral. Most of the island is part of the Hat Chao Mai National Park.

Tat has shared his photos on Facebook, urging park officials to do something. The park chief of has responded and promised to take action, thanking the diver for bringing the matter to his attention.

Facebook/Tat Kewngaam

Parit Narasaritkul added that officials had been sent to check the area, as he pledged to introduce tighter restrictions aimed at preventing fishing boats from using nets in the area.

“We will take legal action against any boats caught violating the law. The park thanks all tourists and locals who have been our eyes and ears in the mission to preserve marine resources for the future generation.”

According to a Nation Thailand report, Tat points out that the photos were taken not far from the head office of Hat Chao Mai National Park. He is calling on officials to take urgent action to prevent more damage to the coral reefs, saying this was not the first time he’s seen such destruction while diving in the Andaman Sea.

“I have nothing against fishermen, but please check if your actions are affecting others.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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