The Mayor of Cha-Am Mr. Nukul Pornsomboonsiri has chaired a meeting to discuss placing new artificial reefs along the Petchaburi coast The meeting attended by fishery departmental staff from Phetchaburi, Cha-Am’s district office, staff of Cha-Am Municipality and representatives of local fishermen in Cha- Am. Placing artificial reefs in Cha-Am is a major project to promote and provide underwater sanctuary and hiding places in the marine habitat. It will be carried out with a budget approved under the Phetchaburi Provincial Plan.
This meeting enabled the stakeholders to discuss where to place the artificial reefs. Laem Phak Bia in Ban Laem District, Chao Samran Beach in Muang District and Cha-Am Beach are the major places where artificial reefs are likely to be placed. Aiming to improve and develop coastal areas for fishing, artificial reefs can aid rehabilitation of the ecosystem of coastal areas.
Doing so will help balance the underwater food chain as well as encouraging local administrative offices to work closely and actively with local fishermen in managing and conserving coastal resources. The artificial reefs will also help to prevent illegal fishing within 3,000 metres of the shore.