Travellers to marine national parks in Krabi are warned not to take any sea shells and corals as souveniors back homes as they are illegal and could land them in legal trouble.
The warning came as customs authorities have seized altogether over a ton weight of sea shells and corals from tourists before boarding flights back home at Krabi international airport during the past four months.
All were said by tourists to be taken from the Nopparat Thara-Phi Phi Island National Park as souveniors.
All the sea shells and corals were yesterday taken back from the airport to the nature in the sea by divers.
Chief of Nopparat Thara-Phi Phi Island National Park Mr Sarayuth Tanthien said all the seized souveniors which included giant clam shells, corals and sea shells were brought back to the sea at Koh Yoong in the Phi Phi Island of Ao Nang bay in Krabi.
He said the place has been closed to visitors for two years under its rehabilitation program to revive the coral reefs which had been damaged from bleaching.
At the same time, chief of the Office of the Marine and Coastal Resources in Krabi Mr Witthaya Khunson said that signboards are now erected at Krabi international airport warning tourists of taking any sea shells and corals on board that it is illegal.
Violators could be detained for not complying with the law, he added.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)