Sustainable management strategy of aquatic animal resources in Bandon Bay (Fishery refugia)
Walailak University led by Assist.Prof.Dr. Amonsak Sawusdee, in collaboration with the Network partner: Department of Fisheries, Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thai Frozen Foods Association, and local community partners who live in Bandon Bay to progress a research project on the management of blue crab resources and related ecosystems in Bandon bay. The research team has been collecting ecosystem data, fisheries resources, oceanography, and area utilization of Bandon Bay. To comprise a strategic plan for the sustainability resources in Bandon Bay.
Ban Don Bay is one of the most important fisheries in the Gulf of Thailand and an important area that blue crab is popular seafood consumed in the country include export to income for our country. Over the past statistical data, it was found that the predominant aquatic animal such as blue crabs in nature has decreased dramatically. It appeared that fishermen’s income from fishing has decreased.
Due to the vulnerability of important fishery areas, academics, and network partners, Walailak University has been used academic and research data for planning to management of the Bandon Bay. Nowadays, Bandon Bay has established fishery refugia, to ensure that aquatic animals, especially embryos have shelters to grow metamorphosis in the future. It will result in the fishermen to more fish catches and more income.
Figure 1: Hoiset sand dune was established as fishery refugia area for aquatic animal nursery ground
GOAL 14: Life Below Water