Warawut says foreigners hunting parrot fish must be exiled


August 12, 2022 – 16:34

“Warawut” is very angry, saying that if a foreigner catches a ‘parrot fish’, he must be deported, reiterating that it is a fish that is beneficial to the marine ecosystem.

Progress in the case of a foreigner Holding a bunch of about 5 parrotfish and moray eels. On a tour boat around Phi Phi Island, Krabi province and posted a clip on Tik Tok with Thai text saying … must dive 30 meters to catch this one. Using methods of catching fish, harpoon shooting, spearfishing. (spearfishing), which is a method of fishing That uses a shotgun and a flexible sling or a compressed gas powered spear gun to attack fish. The clip was widely criticized.

Recently, Mr. Warawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Has posted a message on Facebook, the list of names “TOP Varawut – TOP Warawut Silpa-archa”, stating why? I want to campaign for #stop consuming parrot fish

even parrot fish will not be on the list of protected animals or preserved animals But parrotfish are endemic to coral reefs. and almost all coral reefs in Thailand are in a protected area by law, so we can infer that all parrot fish sold in the market have an illegal origin

Parrotfish are at risk. Due to the beauty and popularity of certain groups of people It has always been threatened by being captured/hunted.

But did you know that parrotfish are beneficial to the marine ecosystem? If we let him live in the sea more than meets the eye

A parrotfish will eat the carcass of a dead coral. And take out up to 90 kilograms of sand a year, becoming part of the sandy beach on the shores we stand on.

Parrotfish also consume algae. that cover the coral reefs die from the phenomenon of coral bleaching Acts as a cleanup of old coral remains. to make new coral larvae have landed on the island and grow to replace the old coral that has died

If there is no parrot fish Reef Regeneration Rate which is a nursery for many types of marine animals It would definitely decrease accordingly.

In addition, as mentioned above Hunting or fishing for parrots in legally protected areas such as national parks There is also an offense under the law.

For example, in the case of foreign tourists who posted a video of Tik Tok catching parrot fish in the park area, now the authorities have filed a complaint and hastened to follow up and prosecute An offense under the National Park Act B.E. 2562 is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of not more.

500,000 baht or both which I have instructed the officers to follow up as soon as possible so that he will not do more damage to the resources of Thailand If caught, they must be deported.

Which action has more disadvantages than advantages? I ask you to weigh, consider, and refrain from doing it. Let’s help preserve the natural resources that are perfect for us and for our children in the future.

Police Colonel Prasit Yodthong, Superintendent of Phi Phi Police Station. reveal news agency I.N.N. that now the police together with the park In the investigation, which now knows the owner of the boat that brought foreigners. This one has gone down to hunt parrot fish. Which today was invited to give information and know that such a foreign man came to live in Phi Phi Island Between 8-10 Aug. ago and now it is known that the Phi Phi area has gone. must inquire from the the owner of the ship before knowing what area this foreign man was traveling on

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