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11 August 2010 :: 11:08:51 am 34962

Decommissioned Battle Tanks Dumped in Gulf of Thailand

The Royal Thai Army has dumped 25 decommissioned military battle tanks in the Gulf of Thailand recently. The operation involves the construction of an artificial coral reef off the coast of the Deep Southern province of Narathiwat.
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The Royal Thai Army has dumped 25 decommissioned military battle tanks in the Gulf of Thailand recently. The operation involves the construction of an artificial coral reef off the coast of the Deep Southern province of Narathiwat.

Narathiwat, the 10th of August 2010: The planed reef is being organised in accordance with a decree from Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit to create and restore the marine habitat in the region for the benefit of local residents and the livelihood of local fisherman.

The Royal Thai Army, in conjunction with several government and private agencies, have been preparing the operation and begun the process of constructing what will be Thailand’s largest artificial reef, in preparation for the Queen’s upcoming birthday.

A Royally initiated scheme, to rejuvenate the marine life in the region, providing both shelter and a breeding ground by recycling unused structures as the basis for the reef. In constructing the reef, Her Majesty the Queen hopes to raise the amount of income generated from the local fishing industry, improving the resident’s quality of life.

The construction of artificial reefs dates back thousands of years, with the first documented cases relating to historical acts of sea power and war as opposed to algaculture. Both the Ancient Persians and Romans used reef building as part of various successful naval strategies.

One of the first reported cases of an artificial reef being created to increase fish yields occurred in Japan in the 1600’s, where building rubble and rocks were used to build a reef and stimulate the growth of kelp.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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