On May 3rd, 2010, staff from the Marine and Coastal Resource Preservation Center 5 (Phuket) led by Paitoon Panchaiyaphum, the director of the center, together with Paklok Marine and Coastal Preservation Board, Phang Nga Coastal Fishery Research and Development Center, and volunteers from Paklok Marine and Coastal Preservation, released 12,000 wing shells at Ta La Beach in Paklok sub district.
The number of wing shells in the Andaman Sea has suddenly decreased in a few years because it is one of the most favorite dishes in seafood restaurants. In addition, the declined sea grass areas along the Andaman coast are also a main reason for the huge absence of the wing shells.
Tiapaporn Traitong, a Fishery Expert of Phang Nga Fishery Research and Development Center, said that it’s important to make people realize and save the wing shells since they help to balance the sea environment, by cleaning the seabed in the sea grasses area. This wing shell release was held in Phuket first and there will be releases in other Andaman provinces in the near future.