Connect with us


Clams, fish move into new digs



Clams, fish move into new digs | Thaiger

CHALONG: A group of Chalong villagers and Erawan Group staff on Friday released more than 1,000 rare marine creatures into Chalong Bay as part of an initiative to support marine populations off the coast of Phuket.

Sutha Prateep Na Thalang, leader of a Chalong fishermen’s group, said, “There aren’t many of these animals left in the water because of all the sewage released into the sea that has killed the coral reefs and, subsequently, the fish.”

About 100 people attended the releasing ceremony at Baan Bangkontee, where 500 damselfish and 1,000 fingerfish, all of which were bred at the Phang Nga Coastal Aquaculture Research Center, were released into the water at about 10 am.

There were three species of damselfish among the 500: the three-bar dascyllus damsel, yellowtail damsel, and sergeant major damsel.

At about 1 pm, 50 giant clams, which had been bred at the Surat Thani Coastal Aquaculture Research Center, were released near Koh Tanan, an islet near Chalong Pier. The clams are about 10 years old and 20 to 30 centimeters long.

Giant clams are listed as having “Vulnerable” conservation status, according to the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

About 200,000 young giant clams have been transfered from Surat Thani to the Phuket Marine Biological Center where they will be nurtured until they are large enough to be released into the sea.

“We need to save local sea animals so that they can live long lives with us. Those sea animals that become extinct have a knock-on impact on humans,” said Khun Sutha.


Get more from The Thaiger

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.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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

Follow Thaiger by email:

Transport19 mins ago

Bangkok airport expansion prepares for bidding war

Crime28 mins ago

Child Protection Foundation leader faces child labour charges

Road deaths44 mins ago

Red-Bull hit-and-run prosecutor dismissed

Sponsored3 hours ago

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume #3 The Marketing Noises

Transport1 hour ago

Phuket flight cancellation due to earlier cancelled flight, runway maintenance

Election2 hours ago

Pheu Thai Party under fire as Tuhao-Shinawatra connection exposed

Video2 hours ago

THAIGER PODCAST | Ep.14 Saving Thai cats one paw at a time

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Tourism3 hours ago

Bullets-in-bag Israeli given 18 months in Thailand

Video19 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 9 year olds smoke cannabis on Pattaya Beach in Thailand

Economy20 hours ago

Thai baht soars to six-month high against US dollar

Pattaya20 hours ago

Motorcycle taxi riders rally against unlicensed ride-share app drivers in Pattaya

Pollution21 hours ago

Over 100 tonnes of garbage estimated near Phuket Fishing Port

Thailand21 hours ago

Stop giving monkeys cigarettes, beg locals in Lop Buri, Thailand

Thailand21 hours ago

World Cup broadcasting soap opera drama rumbles on

Transport21 hours ago

Thai Vietjet plans new routes to China, India, Japan, Vietnam

Crime22 hours ago

Police arrest weight loss pill executive for causing 4 deaths in Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Phuket2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

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

Tourism2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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

Thailand2 years ago

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