Pristine bay in Phuket under threat from marina developers

A marina developer has plans to turn one of Phuket’s few remaining mangrove forests into a new gateway for luxury yachts and cruises post the Covid-19 pandemic period.

In Ao Kung, a quiet bay in the northern part of bustling Phuket island, Sujirtra Thothip stood in her long-tail fishing boat with her son. She looked down at the artificial reefs that she left under the water months ago in a bid to increase her family’s catch of fish.

A baby octopus squirmed out of one of the artificial reefs made from glass bottles filled with concrete as she picked it up from the water. Tiny fishes swam around.

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Wanpen Pajai