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Fisheries Office extends po trap amnesty

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PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office (PPFO) has given fishermen until August 28 to apply to continue using po traps, shallow-water fish traps made by stringing a net between stakes stuck in the seabed, although the traps have been outlawed since 1996.

The announcement follows the passing of the July 29 deadline set by the PPFO for all total ban on po traps unless villagers’ claims that their traps do not harm sea turtles, dugongs, seagrass areas or coral can be substantiated.

PPFO chief Pairho Suthakorn announced that all po traps would be removed by authorities unless a written complaint was sent to the Fisheries Office.

Fears that the traps affect the habitats of sea turtles and dugong prompted the initiative to remove them from Phuket’s waters, especially after a dugong was found dead in a po trap in Pa Khlok Bay in April (click here for full story).

However, following claims by villagers at Baan Para Moo 4, Pa Khlok, that their traps caused no harm, the PPFO set 33 specific zones spanning 1,530 rai in the area where the villagers are allowed to use po traps.

The proposed zones were approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Villagers from Baan Para Moo 4 claimed that they had been using the traps to make a living for about 30 years, and that their traps had not been causing harm to the natural surroundings, including grazing dugong.

K. Pairho said, “We are flexible. If there is an area where villagers have problems with the new rules then we can look into adapting the regulations.

“There have been many new po traps recently, especially in Rassada, which is why we need to implement zoning, although we want to be fair,” he added.

K. Pairho said that there were 50 other areas in Phuket where the PPFO was aware of po traps being used.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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