More artificial reefs will be installed in underwater areas off the Hua Hin and Pranburi coast.
On 19th March 2015, the Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul and representatives of local fishermen took possession of 400 artificial reef sections from the Chairperson of the Pranburi Fishing Association Mr. Atichart Chaisri and the Senior Advisor of Mubadala Co. Ltd. Mr. Aphinan Bunbandit. The production and installation of artificial reefs responds to an urgent need by local fishermen for more habitats to promote marine life. Mubadala Co. Ltd. is a natural gas and oil exploration company which has taken an interest in the project. The artificial reef sections were made to a standard of the Fishery Department of Thailand. Each section is 1.5 metres long and 1.5 metres wide and made of ferrocement. The first 300 were installed in 2013; the second 300 in 2014 and the third 400 will be installed this year. The sections will form underwater structures, something like fish underwater condominiums!
The artificial reefs will serve as a new marine habitat for marine creatures such as squid, grouper, threadfin and pomfret which inhabit regional locations. Increased marine life means more income for local fishermen. Research has indicated that in the two years since the first reefs were installed, the income of many fishermen increased, indicating the success of the project. Mr. Aphinan said that Mubadala Co. Ltd. was concerned about the way of life of local fishermen and wanted to assist them. The company has already helped Thai fishermen in eastern Thailand; in Chanthaburi, Trad and Rayong as well as Samut Songkhram.
The Company has also installed artificial reefs in southern Thailand, particularly in Songkhla and its neighboring areas. The Hua Hin Mayor said he would like to thank Mubadala Co. Ltd. Apart from helping local fishermen, the project promoted sustainable increases of marine life and more local marine products. Mr. Nopporn encouraged other private organisations to become involved in such projects. He hopes that future budget allocations may also allow local administrators to further participate.