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Speedboat restrictions hinted after fifth death of rare Trang Dugong

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Speedboat restrictions hinted after fifth death of rare Trang Dugong

By Khanitta Sitong 
The Nation

 

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The autopsy of a heavily-pregnant Dugong – whose decomposed carcass was found on November 26 in the sea off Trang’s Koh Libong – found injuries that indicated it died after being run over by a speedboat while feeding on sea-grass.

 

The crash impact caused the 262-centimetre-long, 250 kilogram Dugong’s spine to dislodge, break its right-side ribs and cause bleeding of its lung, resulting in its instant death, along with that of its 9.5kg foetus, according to a source at the Phuket Marine Biological Centre familiar with the autopsy results.

 

As this was the fifth Dugong death in the Trang Sea this year, Koh Libong wildlife sanctuary head Chaipreuk Weerawong and Hat Chao Mai National Park head Narong Khong-ied, will call a meeting of related officials, community leaders and villagers, along with boat operators.

 

The meeting will discuss solutions, including asking for cooperation to prohibit speedboats from travelling through seagrass areas in order to protect these rare marine mammals.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30359753

 
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We all know this is more likely fishermen , Thai fishermen most likely either disliking competition from dugong or catching accidently and then killing.

I've seen them carving up a dolphin or something on some rocks near the maidens boobs in sam roi yot.  They spent an entire day on the rocks, you just know they were doing something illegal /immoral 

 

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Yes, probably fishermen. There used to be a lot of dugongs in the Gulf of Thailand too but scarce now. They have been hunted but do not compete with fishermen for food - they are vegetarian!

 

They are supposed to be protected but obviously this protection needs to be increased. Females are particularly vulnerable in the shallow feeding areas when they are pregnant.

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3 hours ago, manchega said:

We all know this is more likely fishermen , Thai fishermen most likely either disliking competition from dugong or catching accidently and then killing.

I've seen them carving up a dolphin or something on some rocks near the maidens boobs in sam roi yot.  They spent an entire day on the rocks, you just know they were doing something illegal /immoral 

 

same thing when they go into the forest... catch kill monkeys, lizards and so forth, it's illegal/immoral  but still do it, when I walked by they didn't try to hide or stop, just kept going

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And who will enforce this!?  They will try to get the public to do it so they can avoid working at all costs 

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