Phuket Officials Warn Alleged Giant Clam Collectors

Phuket –

Officials have warned that the Giant Clam is a Protected Species in Thailand after they received complaints that people were collecting Giant Clams at a beach in Patong.

The Phuket Marine Resources Conservation Center told the Phuket Express that on Sunday (October 29th) they inspected Tri Trang Beach after they were notified by a concerned citizen that people were collecting and destroying Giant Clams during low tide. The Giant Clam is one of Thailand’s Protected Species.

However, officials did not find any collectors during their inspection. They are publicizing to locals about the clams being a protected species and are very important for the local marine ecological system which must be conserved.

Anyone who collects, possesses or buys or sells Giant Clams could be imprisoned for up to four years or fined up to 40,000 baht or both.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.