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  • Tom 10:22 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: artificial coral, , , , , Marine, , , recovery   

    Coral recovery projects launched 

    Coral Reef

    Coral Reef: Flickr.com

    The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will request for a budget of 17 billion baht from the government to build artificial coral within five years.

    The department said coral recovery would be overseen by a special committee recently set up by the government. It is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Major General Sanan Kajornprasart. (More …)

  • Tom 9:51 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , coral reef, , , Kho Khao, Kho Khao Island, Marine, Pha Island, , , reef, , , tourism business entrepreneurs, ,   

    New fertile coral reef found off Andaman Coast 

    Coral Reef

    Coral Reef: Flickr.com

    A new fertile coral reef has been discovered off Pha Island, 10 kms from Kho Khao Island, Takua Pa District, Phang Nga Province.

    Mr Paitoon Panchaiyabhum, Director of the Center of Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation 5 (Phuket), Department of Marine and Coastal Resource (DMCR) said the center had assigned staff to thoroughly inspect the reef which was discovered by Phang Nga divers. The reef, which was 1-2 sq km in size, was found virtually untouched at a depth of 10-25 meters with a variety of reef species growing, especially the Anemone coral. (More …)

  • Tom 9:36 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: artificial, artificial corals, career, , corals, , , Khlong Yai, , Marine, marine life, , snapper, , ,   

    Trat fishing competition reflects artificial coral planting success 

    Trat province holds a fishing competition to evaluate the success of its project on planting artificial corals to rehabilitate marine life.

    Deputy Governor of Trat Chalor Baicharoen said at the closing ceremony that he was happy with the results of the fishing competition which drew a lot of participants. The province had invested 15 million baht to plant artificial corals off the coast of Khlong Yai district. (More …)

  • Tom 1:54 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Koh Similan, Koh Surin, Marine, marine national park, , Phang Nga islands, , , Similan islands, Surin islands, , , ,   

    Tourists flock to Phang Nga islands after the opening of the area 

    Koh Surin Island National Park Thailand

    Koh Surin Island National Park Thailand

    Many Thai and foreigners have flocked to Phang Nga islands after the reopening of the area on 1 November.

    As 1 November is declared the first day for travel in the marine national park in Phang Nga province, more than 1,000 tourists, both Thais and foreigners have flocked to the Similan islands and the Surin islands. After 7 months of closure, the islands off Phang Nga province have been revived in both natural resources and the environment is as pristine as ever (More …)

  • Tom 1:45 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Burmese Chitra turtle, , Chiang Mai Aquarium, , Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium, Kazakhstan, Marine, scape, , , , , , ,   

    Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium adds endangered turtle to display 

    Chiang Mai Zoo

    The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium has unveiled its newest addition, a 130 kilogram softshell Burmese Chitra turtle.

    Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium today announced the arrival of its latest member, Sumo, a century old Burmese Chitra turtle. The female turtle weighs over 130 kilograms and is 1.5 meters in length with the ability to extend its neck a full meter to breath above water. Marinescape Thailand Ltd Board President Roj Tuwonlin, the aquarium administrator, stated that the Burmese Chitra turtle is currently endangered and can no longer be found in the wild. Its addition to the zoo will allow members of the public to view and study the now rare creature. (More …)

  • Tom 9:21 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , contributor, , , , Marine, , , , , transported   

    Marine Department taking steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions from ships 

    transported by ship

    The Marine Department has initiated cooperation with state and private agencies to launch a campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Thai ships for Maritime Day 2009.

    Director of the Marine Department Chaloh Kocharat said 90% of Thailand (See Thailand Hotels) ‘s exported goods were currently transported by ship. Thailand (See Thailand Hotels) ‘s over 400 commercial transport vessels have become a noted contributor to greenhouse gases, prompting the Marine Department to take steps to convince operators to use more fuel-efficient vessels and instigate measures to reduce their impact on the environment. (More …)

  • Tom 9:50 am on September 2, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , bamboo sharks, , Mai Ton Island, Marine, , Phuket Aquarium, Phuket Marine, plankton, , , , , , ,   

    Indonesian bamboo shark successfully bred in Phuket 

    bamboo shark / Photo: flickr.com

    bamboo shark / Photo: flickr.com

    Phuket Aquarium has succeeded in breeding Indonesian bamboo sharks (the brown-banded bamboo shark) and released them into the sea off Mai Ton Island in provincial seat of Thailand’s southern Andaman coastal resort island of Phuket.

    This shark was the first of its kind that the centre had raised in captivity to return to the sea.

    Thirty-nine Indonesian bamboo sharks, aged 3 months to 2 years, were released together with 199 clown fish. The release was to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12. (More …)

  • Tom 7:14 am on August 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , biologist, , exhibitions, exploring, , , , , harmony, inhabitants, Laurent Ballesta, Marine, photographer, Pierre Descamp, PLANET OCEAN, , , Voyage, water world, world beneath the waves   

    Planet Ocean exhibition in Bangkok carries important message 

    Planet Ocean exhibition in Bangkok carries important message

    2009 marks the 6th consecutive year for the annual French Cultural Festival ‘La Fête 2009’ in Bangkok. As part of the festival which runs until October, various exhibitions and shows are on offer. One of these, ‘Planet Ocean: Voyage to the Heart of the Marine Realm’ was launched on Friday to coincide with World Environment Day. It’s one of the festival’s highlights, in which the mysterious beauty of marine life is unveiled.

    Occupying over 75% of the earth, the undersea world’s natural richness is still very much a secret, despite scientists having confirmed the oceans as having been the source of all living creatures. (More …)

  • Tom 7:10 am on August 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Andaman resort, Andaman resort island, beachfront, , coastal erosion, erosion, Lepang Beach, Marine, , , Phuket Marine Biological Center, Phuket Tourism, , storms, , , , Thalang, ,   

    Coastal erosion hits popular Andaman resort island of Phuket, Thailand 

    Coastal erosion hits popular Andaman resort island of Phuket

    Shorelines generally adapt to a natural balance when strong winds in the monsoon season take away sediments from the coast, but the sediments are accumulated again in the next season. The problem of coastal erosion, however, has been worsening and is particularly worrisome in the resort island of Phuket where the Andaman coastline counts as one of its primary tourist attractions.

    On Lepang Beach in Thalang district, some three kilometres of the western shoreline have suffered heavily due to erosion. (More …)

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