By Premkamon Ketsara, Alan Morison
Divers are mounting an attempt to free a popular coral reef from a huge fishing net as anger mounts over illegal trawling being ignored in protected waters off Phuket.
Phuket region divers are calling for action to end illegal smuggling and fishing abuses that threaten Phuket's dive tourism.
Tomorrow two boats will anchor over Shark Point, a marine park area in Phang Nga Bay, east of Phuket, as divers cut the reef free from the net.
Local authorities fail to protect Thailand's underwater treasures from illegal fishing and poaching.
Renegade marine park rangers have even been accused recently of taking corrupt payments from tour operators.
The huge net recorded on a video at Shark Point strangling a reef is likely to raise even greater alarm as the future of Thailand's diving tourism continues to be threatened.
Friday's Shark Point rescue project, involving 20 professional divers, is being mounted by Go Eco Phuket with help from Sea Bees Diving and Similan Queen. More....