Clown Fish conservation
At Pimalai Resort & Spa, Koh Lanta, Krabi Province, Thailand
Realizing the importance of protecting underwater ecosystems Pimalai Resort and Spa is pleased to be a leader in initiating an annual clownfish release programme. Together with the Thai Fishery Department, the 11th annual clownfish release was held on 21 March 2015 at Koh Haa.
This is the stunning archipelago just a few kilometers directly west of the resort and near the horizon as viewed from our beach. Hundreds of well-loved ‘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. Tens of volunteers took part in this enterprise that has now become a favorite talking point among both locals and visitors. A main objective of releasing these clownfish is to make people realize how human activities can interfere with the very survival of at-risk species such as the clownfish. The project aims to trigger awareness with the 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 recognized as a fish sanctuary. Since 2005 the project has been run jointly by Pimalai Resort and Spa together with Scubafish@Pimalai dive center. This year we were pleased to receive generous sponsorship from the well-known Thai Company B.GRIMM Group.
Pimalai Resort and Spa is a magnificent 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 meters of clean sandy beach. It boasts exceptional facilities, including Deluxe rooms, Suites and Pool Villas, eight restaurants & bars, conference facilities, a spa, a scuba diving center and a wide range of recreational facilities and activities.
The name “Pimalai’ is a derivation of the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit and translates, appropriately, as “A little patch of Heaven”; Pimalai brings you a different kind of luxury; “the luxury of being in a unique and exclusive environment, without all the fuss that goes with it”; “The luxury of experiencing an off-the-beaten track destination”; finally “the luxury of being pampered by native islanders who have preserved their unique genuine & friendly approach to not only performing their duties, but also bringing that little extra that makes the difference”.
Peace, Serenity, Solitude….. These are the words that come to mind for Pimalai. Add to that elegance, natural surroundings and genuine friendly service. Be it for a honeymoon or a break from it all, Pimalai nestled in a lush tropical forest, is the destination to set your sights on. The resort combines all the right ingredients – subtle five star comfort, natural beauty, far from the crowds, with no noise except the sound of the waves sliding in and out and slowly breaking onto a pristine sandy shore. — PR