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.