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          Royal Thai Marine Corps, Royal Thai Navy cooperated with EGAT in locating 200 sets of artificial reefs made from insulators in the area of Toei Ngam Beach in Sattahip Marine Corps, Chonburi Province. The project aims to rehabilitate coastal ecosystem and marine resources in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s 86th Birthday Anniversary.

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          On August 28, 2018, Royal Thai Marine Corps, Royal Thai Navy cooperated with Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in locating artificial reefs made from insulators in celebration of H.M. Queen Sirikit’s 86th Birthday Anniversary at Toei Ngam Beach in Sattahip Marine Corps, Chonburi Province. Rear Admiral Pisai Sukwan, Deputy Commander of Royal Thai Marine Corps chaired the event which was attended by Mr. Vaiyavit Sukmark, EGAT Director of Central Region Operation Division, EGAT executives, soldiers, and students totaling 300 persons.

          The Deputy Commander said that Chonburi was a province with high potential on fisheries and marine tourist attractions. However, with the damage caused by fishing equipment, the population of marine animals decreased, which originated the project of artificial reefs created from insulators. This is the 4th time the activity has been held by lying 200 sets of artificial reefs in the area of Toei Ngam Beach in Sattahip Marine Corps, Chonburi Province to restore the marine ecosystem as the habitat of young marine and enhance the growth of the authentic reefs to increase the population of marine animals.

          The EGAT Director said that the project has been held annually since 2013 in response to the wish of H.M. Queen Sirikit to help fishermen who suffered from the damage of coastal resources. EGAT modified insulators decommissioned from the transmission system to become artificial reefs, the habitat of fish, marine animals, and the authentic reefs. The project was attended by government sector in many provinces and coastal communities. The project follow-up shows that it achieves the aim as the reefs grow rapidly, and many marine animals inhabit there, which reflects the abundant ecosystem.

          Asst.Prof.Dr.Theerakamol Pengsakul from Faculty of Medical Technology, Prince of Songkla University as the head of innovation and research team added that from the study on insulators to test its impact on marine environment, without the heavy metal dissolved from the insulators, they do not affect the quality of the sea and environment, which is under the criteria of Department of Local Administration, Ministry of Interior.

          For 5 years EGAT has located the artificial reefs totaling 7 times in 4 provinces namely Chonburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pattani, and Narathiwat to bring the abundance back to coastal ecosystem. These reefs become the fish-breeding place that brings income to communities and local fishermen.

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