600 Divers to Break Record Replanting Coral Reef

Thailand Navy Chief Adm Thaweesak Somapa will join 600 divers in a record-breaking attempt to replant coral reefs off Koh Sor in Sattahip district, Chon Buri. The event is to be held this coming Saturday, June 14th.

Event organizers anticipate Saturday’s event to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest mass dive to restore damaged coral.

Adm Thaweesak said the goal is to return balance to the coral reefs around Koh Sor. These reefs were severely damaged by unregulated shallow-water fishing. Participants in this upcoming event include navy divers and local students, who will snorkel and scuba dive to reach the replanting location.

Stems needed to regrow the coral are being obtained from nurseries at the Ratchabhat Rambaibannee Institute, Plutaluang Vitthaya school and the diving club for environmental preservation. These coral stems were obtained at the damaged sites and rehabilitated. Navy plans also call for the future development of the Koh Pai in Bang Lamung district for ecotourism.

Source: Bangkok Post

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