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Blue Swimming Crab Refuge Project in Surat Thani Province Selected as Regional Best Practice by GEF

Surat Thani Province, Thailand – In a momentous announcement on June 20, Mr. Wichawut Jinto, Governor of Surat Thani Province, unveiled the successful completion of the Blue Swimming Crab Refuge Project on the picturesque island of Ban Don Bay, located in the Chaiya District of Surat Thani Province. The project, which aims to conserve and protect the precious blue swimming crab population, has garnered recognition as a regional best practice initiative by the esteemed Global Environment Fund (GEF).

From June 13 to 15, 2023, Mr. Jack Hewson, a distinguished expert, accompanied by Dr. Sirirak Sophon, the Regional Project Manager from the Global Environment Fund (GEF), visited Surat Thani Province to capture the essence of this remarkable endeavor in a documentary. The purpose of the documentary is to disseminate valuable insights and promote the adoption of effective conservation practices for blue swimming crabs. Interviews with blue crab fishermen and entrepreneurs in the Ban Don Bay area were conducted, shedding light on their experiences and perspectives.

Emphasizing the significance of the project, Mr. Wichawut expressed his gratitude for the completion of the blue swimming crab sanctuary on the island. He credited the Global Environment Fund for its crucial financial support in implementing the Project for the Establishment and Operation of a Marine Sanctuary Management System in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, specifically focusing on the Establishment and Operation of a Regional System of Fisheries Refugia in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. The project at Koh Set in Ban Don Bay, Surat Thani Province, Thailand, serves as a compelling case study that will be showcased through a video presentation at the upcoming GEF Assembly in August 2023.

The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate the sustainability of blue swimming crab resources and highlight the well-being of Thai fishermen in the Bandon Bay region. The video will underscore the importance of raising awareness about the responsible and sustainable use of blue swimming crab resources, ultimately contributing to the long-term preservation of this valuable natural asset.

The successful completion of the Blue Swimming Crab Refuge Project stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts between local authorities, the Global Environment Fund, and the dedicated individuals who are committed to safeguarding the future of blue swimming crabs and the livelihoods of Thai fishermen in the enchanting Bandon Bay area. As the world eagerly anticipates the GEF Assembly in August 2023, the captivating video presentation will serve as a powerful reminder of the remarkable achievements and the unwavering dedication displayed in the pursuit of sustainable marine conservation.

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