Marine scientists mull no-fishing zone around Libong island to protect dugong

Marine scientists and researchers are considering making seabed around Libong island in Trang province which is rich with sea grass a special and no-fishing zone for the protection and propagation of dugong population.

Mr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, director of Centre for Research and Development of Marine Resources and Andaman Sea Coast, said that the ecological system around Libong island is ideal for the growth of sea grass which covers about 25,000 rai of the sea bed.

Sea grass is the key indicator of the population of dugong whose number has now increased to 169 this year from about 120 a decade ago with the recent discovery of ten pairs of mother and young dugong.

Besides sea grass which needs to be protected for the benefit of dugong, Mr Kongkiat stressed the need of community support in the endeavor to safeguard the rare mammals and their food, sea grass.

Volunteer foreign pilots have helped in monitoring dugong around Libong island whereas drones were also deployed to keep track of the sea mammals.