The Province of Prachuab Khiri Khan has launched a campaign to boost awareness among local fishermen, that fishing is prohibited during the temporary closure of the Gulf of Thailand. The closure started on February 15th and will end on May 15th and encompasses the coasts of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, and Surat Thani Provinces. The aim is to conserve and revive the local ecological environment as well as increase the abundance of marine life in the area.
Prachuab Khiri Khan Governor, chiefs of provincial units, students and local fishermen recently released one million black tiger shrimps into the Gulf, to increase the quantity of shrimps in the province’s marine ecology. The annual closure is a collaborative effort by six agencies: the Fisheries Department, the Royal Thai Navy, the Marine Police Division, the Marine Department, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and the Customs Department. Violators found engaging in fishing activities during the gulf closure will be subject to a fine of 5,000-10,000 baht, imprisonment of up to one year or both.