Reeling in profits: Nakhon Ratchasima villagers cash in on low water levels

Photo courtesy of KhaoSod

Villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima flocked to buy fishing permits, taking advantage of the reduced water levels in a natural canal to catch fish for both consumption and sale, thereby boosting their income.

The funds raised from selling the permits are earmarked for village development. Reporters noted that hundreds of residents from the Phimai district, in Nakhon Ratchasima province, gathered at the public water canal in Nong Kudi Ngam village, community 17, Nong Ru Riew, Phimai district, to partake in a community fishing event.

The canal, a natural waterway, had been dredged by the Department of Irrigation to facilitate communal use. The village committee, with the help of the villagers, took charge of its maintenance and stocked it with various fish species more than two years ago. Now, with the fish fully grown and ready for harvest, the committee organised the event to generate income for village developments.

Fishing permits were sold for 50 to 100 baht each, inviting villagers to join in the fishing frenzy. Equipped with fishing nets and gear for catching smaller aquatic animals, they showcased their fishing skills with enthusiasm. The catch typically included white fish, soft-fleshed fish, murrel, barbs, and various smaller fish.

Currently, as the water level in the canal continues to drop daily, it has become crucial to catch the fish before they perish from the drought. The fish caught not only provide meals for the families but also serve as a source of income when sold in significant quantities, helping to ease financial burdens, reported KhaoSod.

The proceeds from the sale of fishing cards will be used by the village committee for further development initiatives.

In related news, a class action lawsuit has been initiated by 14 individuals from Rayong, representing fishing groups and local businesses. They are suing Star Petroleum Refining Company (SPRC), the owner of an underwater oil pipeline that ruptured in 2022, claiming that the subsequent major oil spill has devastated their livelihoods.

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