Foreigner in hot water for TikTok fishing video

Foreigner in hot water for TikTok fishing video

A screenshot from a video posted on TikTok shows the tourist with his illegal catch. (Photo supplied)
A screenshot from a video posted on TikTok shows the tourist with his illegal catch. (Photo supplied)

Authorities are searching for a foreign man after he posted a TikTok video of himself illegally catching parrotfish off Koh Phi Phi Leh in Krabi.

The video showed the man with three endangered parrotfish and two other fish, and also stabbing a sea eel, said Sophon Thongee, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.

The stunt was shown on the TikTok account “@roslanofficial”, which features a number of adventure-themed activities. The video was shared on other social media sites, drawing comments from upset local residents.

“I have ordered local officials to find the boatman and the foreign tourist quickly for punishment because this is a very serious issue,” Mr Sophon said on Thursday.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa was informed of the incident, he added.

“He is very angry and ordered (officials) to bring the tourist to punishment,” Mr Sophon said.

The incident was not the first of its kind, he said. Some Italian tourists who took selfies while holding coral and sea animals were punished by having their stay terminated.

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Vocabulary

  • coral (noun): a hard substance that is red, pink or white in colour, and that forms on the bottom of the sea from the bones of very small creatures - หินปะการัง
  • endangered: at risk or in danger of being harmed, damaged or destroyed - เป็นอันตราย
  • hot water (idiom): to be in a dangerous or difficult situation -
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • punish: to make somebody suffer because they have broken the law or done something wrong - ทำโทษ
  • punishment: an act or a way of punishing somebody - การลงโทษ
  • stabbed: when someone is killed or hurt by a knife or other sharp object being pushed into their body - แทงด้วยอาวุธ
  • stunt: something silly or unusual to which is done to get public attention -
  • terminate: to end or stop something - ทำให้สิ้นสุด
  • upset: unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened - ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ, ไม่สบายใจ, สับสน
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