14 September 2017 – Dr. Adisorn Promthep, Director General Department of Fisheries, Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd, Atip Asvanund, Head of Strategic Policy Development of True Corporation Plc, together with the Kotchakorn Raksasorn district chief of Sathing Phra, Songkhla and Weranaan Pengjun, Pattani Governor, NGOs and local people attend the ceremony to lay down artificial reefs in the sea for Sathing Phra district, Songkhla and Panare district, Pattani, in order to restore marine resources and coastal communities, held at Maharat Beach, Sathing Phra district, Songkhla, this morning.
Dr. Adisorn Promthep, Director General Department of Fisheries says that laying down artificial reefs in the sea today is at the first progress after the MOU signing between Department of Fisheries, Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd, Charoen Pokphand Foundation and True Corporation Plc, in June with the aim to conserve and restore aquatic resources sustainably. Department of Fisheries will be respective representative to give artificial reefs to the two governors of Songkhla and Pattani so that they will redistribute them to the two coastal communities in their provinces.
This is in line with the direction of Department of Fisheries, which is committed to working jointly with organizations to build habitat for marine creatures under the current legal process and amended legislation on fish catching, aimed at increasing fishing productivity and also promoting food security.
Currently, marine animal populations in Thailand have faced a big decline and some are at risk to become extinct. Following the joint operation between Department of Fisheries and Charoen Pokphand Group and its affiliates, it hopes that this artificial reefs to be placed down undersea will be home for creatures to live, spawn and save their lives, prompting to increase an abundance of fisheries resources and allow fishermen to get benefits from such a trend sustainably. As a result, it can help improve their quality of life.
Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd, says installing artificial reefs in the sea at the coastal communities in Sathing Phra district, Songkla and Panare district, Pattani, is a significant step of the joint operation between Department of Fisheries, Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd, Charoen Pokphand Foundation and True Corporation Plc, to conserve and restore marine resources sustainably.
This is on a par with Charoen Pokphand, which is committed to operating its business under the sustainable principle, which covers the entire economic, social and environmental dimensions. In addition, its operation remains to follow the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDG, hoping not only secure its own sustainable growth, but also promote the social and country sustainable development. By doing so, it’s keen to work with all stakeholders to build connection and network in order to help push the sustainability scheme into reality.
Laying down “artificial reefs” in the sea at the coastal communities in Sathing Phra district, Songkla and Panare district, Pattani, is the first to do so, thanks to their location readiness. It’s the first phase of the artificial reef project with an installation of 1,000 concrete dice blocks, from totaling 2,000 with one-year mission to lay down them in 4 areas in 3 provinces in the coastal Andaman and Golf of Thailand. They include 1. Bo Tru sub-district, Ranot district, Songkhla, 2. Kradang-nga sub-district, Sathing Phra district, Songkhla 3. Panare district, Pattani and 4. Khok Khian sub-district, Muang district, Narathiwat. For artificial reef, it is a concrete dice block of 1.5X1.5X1.5 meters in size.
Mr. Supachai says that installing artificial reefs in the sea today will help make marine ecosystem abundant. The artificial reefs will be turned as home of creatures to live, spawn and save their lives, leading to increase fish population and such benefits will fall into fishermen. As a result, it will help create economic activities to help improve their quality of life and also strengthen and sustain their communities.