The Center for Scientific and Technological Equipment , Walailak University. Joins Marine Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Reef Cleanup Activity.
On 4th – 5th September 2021, The Center for Scientific and Technological Equipment (CSE) together with Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center 2, Thai Sea Conservation Volunteer Diver Team, Nakhon Si Thammarat Marine Protection Team, Laytrang Diving, Lotus Diving, Phangan Sea Guardian, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources 5 (Songkhla), Marine and Coastal Resources Research Center, Lower Gulf of Thailand, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited and Marin and Coastal Resources Institue Faculty of Environmental Management Prince of Songkhla University participated in marine ecosystem rehabilitation and reef cleanup activity at Koh Kra, Pak Phanang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
CSE supported marine ecosystem rehabilitation and coral reef cleanup activity to remove nets and restore the reefs. More than 550 kilograms of floating seine have been collected by scuba diving volunteers. The nets found were covering over 600 square meters of the reefs at 5 – 15 meters deep which damaged almost 80% of them. The amount of filamentous algae was observed on the nets found that some of the net were already covered with corals. It is estimated that the nets had been covered more for more than a month. Branching coral and Cauliflower Coral were destroyed and only some part of them can be rehabilitated. Moreover, Padina australis began to occupy over the reef which must be hastily followed up and inspected.