Thailand Marine Park Dive Site Destroyed

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Richelieu Rock, a dive site that is part of the Mu Koh Surin marine park in Thailand, has been destroyed. The site was recently captured on film, which showed the area covered in dead fish and with cracked areas of coral. The reef was known as one of the best diving sites in the world.

Sakanan Plathong, a marine biologist at Prince of Songkla University, confirmed a diving team from the Marine National Park Operation Centre have examined the site and are conducting surveys to identify the cause of damage. Plathong commented the damage looks to have been caused by explosives.

The use of explosives violates fisheries and national park regulations and Mu Koh Surin Park officials are being encouraged to investigate this case further.

 

 

 

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Kathryn has lived in the UK, Egypt, South Africa and New Zealand and is a trained scuba diving instructor and Great White shark safari guide. She is the author of No Damage (December 2014), the Managing Editor of The Scuba News New Zealand, a freelance writer, public speaker and co-founder of the marine conservation cause Friends for Sharks (August 2014). In 2015 she organised and completed a 10-month global speaking tour in aid of shark conservation: 87 events, 8 countries, 7000 people. Learn more about Kathryn’s book, No Damage at: http://www.kathrynhodgsonauthor.com/books/no-damage/

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