Connect with us


Chief vows to boost patrols to protect Phuket divers

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The chief of the Fishery Management Center in Krabi has vowed to bolster patrols at Phuket dive destination Shark Point after photos surfaced of a gill net being dropped over the protected marine area when divers were in the water.

“To ensure diver safety, we will increase the frequency of our patrols in the area to prevent any type of fishing,” said chief Jaroenchai Srisuwan.

“However, this is only a short-term solution,” he added, promising to present the issue to Krabi Governor Prasit Osathanon for a permanent solution.

Musang Rock, better known as Shark Point, is a marine conservation area and is protected under the Fisheries Act, Mr Jaroenchai said.

“No fishing of any kind is allowed in the area,” he explained.

The gill net that sparked Mr Jaroenchai’s concern this week was being set up about a week ago by fishermen while divers were still in the water.

“The net itself is nearly invisible. Staff on our dive boat tried to warn the fisherman in the longtail boat that divers were in the water below, but the fisherman ignored them,” said Joe Blasy, a dive instructor and twelve-year resident of Phuket.

Divers underwater at the time estimated the net was about 200 meters long.

“It was wrapped around the entirety of Shark Point Pinnacle One, then up and over Shark Point Pinnacle Two, ranging in depth from about seven meters to 30 meters,” Mr Blasy said.

“The net was tangled on several tube and bush corals. There is no doubt that had we not… carefully removed it, the coral, which are actually colonies of thousands of tiny organisms that take years to grow, would have been pulled up, broken and killed,” he explained

Mr Jaroenchai said the recent patrols of the area had yet to turn up any illegal fishermen, but urged the community to help his office protect the reefs.

“The area we are responsible for is far too large. We need everyone’s help,” Mr Jaroenchai.

“If you witness illegal fishing please contact us immediately by calling 075-620510. We are on duty 24 hours a day, and will rush to inspect the area,” he said.

Those arrested for illegal fishing will be handed over to the police for processing and can face charges carrying a penalty of 5,000 to 10,000 baht, one year in prison, or both, he said.

“Krabi has beautiful marine resources that attract many tourists from around the world, but they also attract fishermen,” Mr Jaroenchai said. “We will continue to do our best to educate people about the importance of the environment and the need to protect it.”

— Saran Mitrarat


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 mins ago

Wednesday Covid Update: 2,331 new cases and 40 deaths

World37 mins ago

Global travel demand driven by vaccine rollouts: Tripadvisor survey

Technology1 hour ago

Samsung Galaxy M62; Should You Buy It?

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Sponsored by image

Phuket1 hour ago

Location-tracking wristbands and punishments for escapees: Phuket gets ready to welcome vaccinated tourists

Thailand15 hours ago

Tourism officials eye August reopening under “Pattaya Move On” travel scheme

Thailand16 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Covid vaccine for foreigners, PM “not going anywhere”, Boss update | June 15

Best of16 hours ago

Top 8 Affordable Hotels to stay in Bangkok

Thailand16 hours ago

Central Bankruptcy Court approves Thai Airways debt restructuring plan

Best of16 hours ago

Top 5 secret islands and beaches in Thailand

Best of17 hours ago

5 best national parks in Phuket

Thailand17 hours ago

Australian man arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Thai border town

Best of17 hours ago

10 best fruits and vegetables in Thailand

Thailand17 hours ago

3 dead in 3 truck crash in Surat Thani

Thailand18 hours ago

Bangkok Post and Fazwaz join together to galvanise property listings platform

Bangkok18 hours ago

CCSA has yet to begin talks on lifting alcohol ban at Bangkok restaurants

Thailand3 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism3 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8