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No restriction on tourist numbers visiting Similan Island for three months

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The Phuket Administrative Court has issued a temporary order for the Similan Islands. The order overturns a recent restriction on tourist numbers on the island for three months.

Yesterday the Phuket Administrative Court ruled to temporarily stop the restriction of tourist numbers visiting the Similan Island from January 1 to March 31.

The President of Similan Surin Tour Operators, Nipon Sommoh says, “This is just a starting point.”

“We have suffered in the past from a lack of tourism income. When the number of tourists increases, we are sure that the island’s natural resources can be managed.”

“We will operate the service whilst taking care of our environment.”

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New tsunami warning buoy installed off Phuket

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A tsunami-warning buoy, valued at 12 million baht, is to be installed off the coast of Phuket, to replace the one that had been broken two years ago. It replaces one that hasn’t been working for 18 months. Two buoys were originally placed several hundred kilometres offshore in the original tsunami warning system following the 2004 Boxing Day tragedy.

The buoy, on board the MV SEAFDEC that departed Phuket yesterday afternoon, is being installed 290 kilometres off the Phuket coast.

This buoy will replace the one that stopped transmitting signals after a passing ship crashed into it, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said before the MV SEAFDEC was sent on its mission.

Watch Tim Newton’s report about the tsunami warning bouys HERE.

Thailand has two tsunami-warning buoys, one located 290 kilometres northwest to Phuket/Phang Nga coast and another located 190 kilometres away, he said.

Once both buoys are operational, along with the international network of tsunami-warning systems in the Indian and Pacific oceans, Thailand will be able to get tsunami warnings well in time, he added.

Chayapol said this expensive buoy will be protected from accidents by bright signs and will be marked in all shipping route maps.

He emphasised that Thailand’s tsunami-warning system was of international standards.

“We also have more than 2,000 disaster warning towers along the coast. These are sufficient,” he said.“

“In case Thailand is hit by another tsunami the public should follow warnings from government agencies and not panic.”

The authorities learned that the previous buoy had stopped sending signals since October 2017, National Disaster Warning Centre director-general Suppapimit Paorik said.

“After the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami devastated many countries, including Thailand, and killed as many as 230,000 people, the Thai authorities have been working to improve the Kingdom’s preparedness and relief measuresNew tsunami warning buoy installed off Phuket | News by The Thaiger.”

 

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Big leatherback sea turtle rescued after getting stuck in fishing net – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: ReReef / กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่าและพันธุ์พืช / เฟสบุ๊คไต๋มิ ธนากร

A big leatherback sea turtle has been rescued by fishermen after getting stuck in fishing nets in Phang Nga last night.

A Phang Nga fishermen rescued the big leatherback sea turtle that was stuck in fishing netting off Phang Nga coast near Khao Na Yak in the Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang Nation Park. The turtle was freed and then released back to the sea.

In another really positive sign for the future of the leatherback sea turtle population in the region, 112 sea turtle eggs were found at Kuek Kak Beach in Khao Lak, Phang Nga last week and also more in last month.

Thanks to the fishermen!

Read more about the latest batch of sea turtle eggs found along the coast HERE.

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Pod of more than 10 dolphins spotted off Phuket – VIDEO

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A pod of more than ten dolphins was spotted off Phuket yesterday.

Khun Nigorn Garari, who recorded the videos says, “My friends and I were heading from Tab Lamu Pier in Phang Nga at about 1pm yesterday. When we were near Laem Pakarang, which is at the north of Phuket, we saw lots of dolphins. I counted more than 10 of them in the pod.”

“We were very happy to see them. Some of them have swum along with our long tail boat. They followed us for about an hour. The Andaman Sea is very beautiful.”

PHUKETA pod of dolphins somewhere off the northern Phuket coast.VIDEO ยศ กระจก – อลูมิเนียม

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