In May 2016, a Chinese tourist was also arrested and ordered to pay 100,000 baht bail money after he was found feeding the coastal fish at Koh Khai Nok island near Phuket and causing damage to natural resources. The tour guide was arrested too for supporting the act.
They were released on 100,000 baht bail and the court trial will follow. The offence is liable to a fine of up to 100,000 baht and/or a jail term of one year.
2 weeks ago, the marine officials declared Koh Tachai island in the Similan National Park off Phangnga province off-limits to all visitors for an indefinite period.
Last week, 3 more islands have adopted the ‘no tourists policy, in a bid to save the coral reefs at Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, all located a few kilometres from Phuket.
Oh well, the rapid rise of the Chinese tourists to Thailand is taking a huge toll on Thailand natural resources and the “well behaved” Chinese tourists are using+abusing it to the max. It’s cheaper for the Chinese to visit Thailand than to travel inside China, thanks to these cheap travel packages to Thailand.
Another Russian tourist was arrested, with bail set at 100,000 baht, for feeding fish in Koh Racha on Feb, 19, 2017.
The incident occurred at Plab Pla beach on Koh Racha Yai. During a regular patrol, officers found Olga Smirnova, 53, feeding bread to the fish.
Ms Smirnova was taken to Chalong Police Station and charged with “feeding fish in a forbidden area or in an area with coral reef”, the maximum punishment for which is a year in prison, a 100,000-baht fine, or both.
She has to pay the bail and remain in Thailand until her case is processed by a court.
Personally, I will never feed the Thai fish again. I can eat a lot of fish for 100,000 baht, why I give that money to a Crooked Thai Cop.