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Fixing Phuket’s coral. Restoration projects around Phuket

Tanutam Thawan



Fixing Phuket’s coral. Restoration projects around Phuket | The Thaiger

For the past few years the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources – Phuket Office has been working on the construction and installation of artificial reefs around the island. Two main areas have been selected, Koh Racha Yai (Bay3) and Koh Mai Thon.

The project consists of placing construction blocks on the seabed in order to provide ‘pads’ on which broken living corals are planted.

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This year the DCMR invited some volunteers to join the project.

Volunteers were required to be experienced divers and able to carry heavy materials underwater.

All air, weights, work related equipment and training, breakfast, lunch, fruit, hot and cold drinks, oxygen and First Aid kit were provided by DCMR. Briefings were conducted in both Thai and English.

There were 3 foreign volunteers who started with the project, then 6 and finally 12 on the final date (August 20).

These are the dates and locations where the team were laying the new artificial coral beds:

July 18, 2017 at Koh Mai Thon

July 21 & 22 at Koh Khai

August 1 at Koh Racha Yai

August 2 & 4 at Koh Mai Thon

August 18, 19 & 20 at Koh Mai Thon

The team is keen to spread the word about this project to help with the regeneration of coral around the islands of Phuket. It’s an important cause and the team is proud to work hand in hand with the DCMR, providing the logistics and their expertise for the dives.

Next projects (last for this season)

August 21 and September 1, 2 & 3 at either Koh Racha Yai or Koh Mai Thon

For more information contact:

Dave Wilson – 08 4379 6654

Johann Boissenin – 09 0280 1434

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PHOTOS: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources-Phuket Office

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Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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Mu Pa 13 have 22 film offers awaiting appro

Tanutam Thawan



Mu Pa 13 have 22 film offers awaiting appro | The Thaiger

Looks like we’re going to see many screen adaptions of the ‘Miracle at Tham Luang’ (and whatever other titles they come up with).

22 movie, documentary and book project and ideas, about the Tham Luang cave rescue and life of the 13 young men, have been proposed by both local and foreign studios to the Creative Media Committee. This was confirmed by the Culture Minister Veera Rojpojanarat today.

In addition, there are 27 TV show programs for the boys and their coach from Thai and foreign TV stations still being considered by the committee.

Thai PBS is reporting that producers are invited to apply for the rights to shoot movies, documentaries or animation films of the dramatic rescue mission, the life of the rescuers and the boys trapped in the cave complex for two weeks during the period between November 15-30.

Minister Veera says foreign producers will have to seek approval from the Ministry of Sports and Tourism whereas the Thai producers must contact the Culture Ministry for approval.

Of the 22 proposed projects, ten are movie projects with five each proposed by Thai and foreign producers and ten documentary projects with the remaining two being book projects.

The minister said the committee agreed that there was no need for the rights to be given to just one producer or studio and all of them would be treated equally.

Studios can start their production based on the information which is already available publicly, but for in-depth information about the private life of the boys, consent from the boys and their parents is needed and also with the approval of the committee which will consider the benefits to be offered to the boys, said Mr Veera.

He stressed that any commercial deals involving the team must be approved by the committee and must have the consent of the boys and their parents.

Mu Pa 13 have 22 film offers awaiting appro | News by The Thaiger

PHOTO: Nation Multimedia


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‘Overwhelming support’ for decriminalising marijuana for R&D

Tanutam Thawan



‘Overwhelming support’ for decriminalising marijuana for R&D | The Thaiger

“An overwhelming number of people are voicing support for decriminalising the use of marijuana for research and development, and for medical purpose.”

This from Somchai Sawaengkarn, a member of the National Legislative Assembly, citing results of an opinion survey conducted between October 1-15.

Of the 16,431 people who voiced their opinions on the issue, 16,264 voted in support of the bid to amend the narcotics law to make it legally possible for marijuana to be used for medical research in the hope that medicines can be developed from the addictive drug for the treatment of certain diseases.

Somchai said over 290,000 had logged into the NLA’s webpage to take a look at the bill to amend the current narcotics law.

The NLA will conduct another public hearing during October to gauge public opinion about the topic and the results of the survey.

Earlier, Justice Minister Prajin Jantong cautioned that decriminalisation should not be rushed, noting that there are many strains of marijuana and each has different medicinal qualities.

He said that the patients must give their consent if they were to be given medicines extracted from marijuana and that measures must be put in place to prevent abuse of the drug if it was to be decriminalised.

The minister said several countries had conducted research on marijuana for medical purpose, but they could not produce medicines from the plants because of patent problems. In the case of Thailand, he said it was necessary for the country to conduct its own research and to develop medicines by itself.


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More cocaine being discovered in Patong

Tanutam Thawan



More cocaine being discovered in Patong | The Thaiger

More cocaine has been discovered in Patong while more heroine has been seized in a major crackdown on ‘hard’ drugs. Police and authorities say they are concerned about the rise in drug seizures and the amounts flowing around Phuket’s seaside party town.

Phuket Vice Governor Supot Rodrueang Na Nong Khai says, “Nowadays drugs price have decreased, especially the cost of methamphetamine pills, because the production has been increased and the supply is exceeding demand.”

“Many suspects have been arrested and drugs have been seized but the smuggling continues.”

“Kratom is still most found in Phuket on a daily basis whilst marijuana is being spread by both tourists and local teenagers. Alarmingly more heroine is being seized in a ‘specific group of people’. (We have been unable to clarify the Vice Governor’s ‘code’ in this statement.)

“Cocaine is also spreading in parts of Patong through a particular community.”

Officers will continuing an increased suppression on illicit drugs, off all types.”

More cocaine being discovered in Patong | News by The Thaiger

Phuket Vice Governor Supot Rodrueang Na Nong Khai – PHOTO: Phuket PR Office

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