Dugong Found Dead in a Fishing Net in Krabi


A dugong was found dead after getting stuck in a fishing net in Ao Nang.

The Hat Noppharat Thara Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Office told the Phuket Express that on Sunday (June 23rd) they were notified from a boat operator that a dugong was found dead near a shore in Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi.

They went to the scene to find the female dugong and found her entangled in a fishing net. Park officials believed that the dugong died from drowning because she was unable to swim up to the water surface for breathing every three to five minutes.

The national park officials told the Phuket Express that the area in question does not allow fishing . The national park has filed a police report to the Ao Nang Police Station to find the law breaker.

The Phuket Express notes that the dugong is one of Thailand’s Reserved Animals which is nearly extinct. Trang is many dugong’s home due to having lots of sea grass but now due to the climate crisis, sea grass in Trang has been decreased. The dugongs are now being evacuated to other provinces nearby in the Andaman Sea including Krabi, Phang Nga, and Phuket to find more sea grass.

In response to this crisis, the DMCR has designated ten critical areas for intensified monitoring and conservation efforts to protect the remaining dugong population and their vital seagrass habitats.

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 five 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.