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DMCR to prosecute Phuket tour company

Tanyaluk Sakoot




PHUKET:-- The Department Of Marine And Coastal Resources (DMCR) yesterday (Mar 16) started the ball rolling for prosecuting a tour company whose guide was caught on camera allegedly breaking off pieces off coral and using it to smash a sea urchin while diving with a group of Chinese tourists on Wednesday (Mar 15).


The DMCR were made aware of the incident from a post on the Facebook page of Asst Prof Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine biology lecturer at Kasetsart University in Bangkok and a marine conservation adviser to the government.


Asst Prof Thon’s Facebook page is currently followed by just under 81,000 users.


On Wednesday, Asst Prof Thon posted photos which are believed to show a tour guide breaking off a piece of coral from a reef and using it to smash a sea urchin. This was all done while a tour group he was leading took photographs.


In addition, the photos also revealed that the guide allowed the tourists to rest themselves on the coral and push themselves to the surface of the sea using the coral reef.


Furthermore, the Scuba BCD (Buoyancy Compensator Devices) the tourists are seen wearing in the photo are believed to be very old and may not work as well as they should.


On a notice published on the DMCR website yesterday regarding the incident it states that the tour guide was from the Nonthasak Marine tour company and officials were in the process of going to question him about his actions.


Speaking to broadcaster Thai PBS yesterday, DMCR Director-General Ms Suthilak Rawiwan said, “We are fully aware of this incident and can confirm that it is against the Protected Wildlife Act. Our officials have all the required information and evidence we need to prosecute those involved.


Full Story: http://www.thephuketnews.com/dmcr-to-prosecute-phuket-tour-company-61435.php#tiHb4P6o0hQucgK1.97

-- © Copyright Phuket News 2017-3-17
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Posted (edited)
On 17/03/2017 at 7:52 PM, clockman said:

As sea already is polluted, does this mean anything?

This is nothing to do with pollution and, yes, it does mean something.

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throw him in the same cell as the Russian woman who fed bread to the fish.


and leave him there.


next case.



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facebook well well the voice of the world where some are even scared shi>less by the word Facebook, they boys who monitor it 24/7 have an easy job these days

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