Fish Habitats: The Conservation Strategy to Maintain Healthy Marine Ecosystem for Archiving SDG 14

          THA SALA, NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 29 April 2023 – Walailak University, represented by Asst. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee, Director of the Center for Academic Services, organized an event titled “The 21st Fish Habitat Creation for Sustainability” at Ban Nai Thung Fisherfolk Association.
          The momentous event was presided over by Mr. Apinan Chaowalit, Chief Executive of Tha Sala Subdistrict Administration Organization, followed by a presentation on the background of the event by Mr. Charoen Toitae, Head of the Ban Nai Thung Blue Crab Bank Learning Center.
          Under the leadership of Asst. Prof. Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee, this conservation event is organized every year in April with the aim of creating places for fish to raise young, lay eggs, feed, and provide a sense of protection from predators. The fish habitat creation is applied with traditional marine conservation methods, reflecting the local marine stewardship of the community from the past to the present. It has raised public awareness of marine and coastal resources as considered natural resources for food, ensuring food security for the community and the nation
          The event was implemented through collaboration between government organizations, private sectors, and NGOs, including the National Research Council of Thailand, the Department of Fisheries, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, the Songkhla Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center, Khon Kaen Fishing Net Factory Co., Ltd., Muang Thai Life Assurance Public Company Limited, Tha Sala Subdistrict Administration Organization, Offices of the Subdistrict Headman, Offices of the Village Headman, Thai Sea Watch Association, Federation of That Fisherfolk Association, and the Sneak Out group. The volunteer students from Walailak University also participated in the event. This event is expected to play a pivotal role in improving the marine biodiversity in the Ban Nai Thung community and enhancing economic stability and sustainability.

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