Residents of Ao Gung community in the tourist island of Phuket and conservationist groups have expressed serious concern that construction of a new marina for yachts which is located just a stone’s throw away from the Ao Gung bay will threaten coral reefs in the area as well as their livelihood. The coral reefs in Ao Gung, located in Tambo Pa Klork, were first photographed by a local fisherman, Mr Ood Sompit, who then posted the images in the social media, resulting in widespread interest from environmentalists and agencies concerned and, eventually, an investigation into the marina project. The 120-million-baht project is located only two kilometres from Ao Gung bay and, once completed, will have the capacity to accommodate up to 72 yachts. Mr Pichit Pankham, a member of Ao Gung mangrove forest conservation group, pointed out that the sea in Ao Gung is shallow and a source of...
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