SATUN: The Royal Thai Navy has lent its support to an environmental marine survey off Ko Tarutao, Ko Adang, Ko Rawi and Ko Lipe in Satun province as part of the Chulabhorn 39 Project. Rear Admiral Suraphon Chandaeng, Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet, has told Rear Admiral Chavalit Isarangkul, the Director of the Chulabhorn 39 Project, that he wants ships of the Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet to support the project – which will involve extensive mapping of coral areas off the islands. The survey is scheduled to take six months. Chief of Staff Chavalit said the survey would help to boost tourism in the province by locating coral outcrops for divers. He said educating local people about the benefits of preserving coral was also an important part of the project.
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