Resort frees scores of "Nemos" in scheme to save clownfish

Realising the importance of protecting underwater ecosystems, Pimalai Resort and Spa has set out to initiate an annual clownfish release programme. Together with the Thai Fishery Department, the 11th annual clownfish release was held at Koh Haa.

This is an attractive archipelago just a few kilometres west of the resort and near the horizon as viewed from the spa beach.

Hundreds of 'Nemos' were released, firstly into underwater cages which allow the fish to adapt themselves to their new environment and help them to survive predation from other fish once they are free to fend for themselves.

Dozens of volunteers took part in this enterprise that has now become a talking point among both locals and visitors.

A main objective of releasing these clownfish is to help people realise how human activities can interfere with the very survival of at-risk species such as the clownfish.

The project aims to trigger awareness with local people in a hope that they will stop catching these fish for sale as pets and start to appreciate and respect our valuable, yet fragile, environment.

It is hoped that eventually Koh Haa will be recognised as a fish sanctuary.

Since 2005 the project has been run jointly by Pimalai Resort and Spa together with Scubafish@Pimalai dive centre. This year it received sponsorship from the Thai company B.GRIMM Group.

Pimalai Resort and Spa is an impressive beach resort property and a pioneer of deluxe hospitality on the island of Lanta in Krabi province.

It is set on 25 hectares of lush tropical land with direct access to 900 metres of clean sandy beach.

It boasts plush facilities, including deluxe rooms, suites and pool villas, eight restaurants & bars, conference facilities, a spa, a scuba diving centre and a wide range of recreational facilities and activities.