Mr. Prachak Thongrat, a tour boat operator from Bang Saphan Noi district, along with the team “Pro Diving Tour” and the Central Marine Resources Research and Development Center got together to dive in under the sea to collect garbage. The main objective is to collect the fishing nets that cover the coral reef, to protect the habitat for fish and other beautiful aquatic animals. Mr Prachak said “that this underwater garbage collection activity is important because I use this place to bring both Thai and foreign tourists to dive to see coral and watch the beautiful fish.
The sea and our ocean is very rich and beautiful but every time I go down I saw a large number of nets covering the coral reefs and rocks, which will eventually affect this tourist attraction in the near future. We must continue to get rid of them’’ Coordinated by local authorities and agencies responsible for bringing abandoned fish nets up and collecting all the related equipment have now collected more than 800 kilograms of nets and garbage. Some of the retrieved nets were as big as 100 metres long.