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Koh Lanta villagers cash in on seasonal shellfish

Phuket Gazette

   

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Koh Lanta locals hunt for seasonal shells in the sand along Thung Talay Beach to be sold locally and exported. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

KOH LANTA: Enterprising villagers on Koh Lanta are earning up to 3,000 baht a week getting their hands dirty collecting shellfish.

The coastal village entrepreneurs are making ends meet by digging in the wet sand at nearby beaches for ‘tapao’ shells – a type of edible clam-like mollusk that appears in the area at the end of the monsoon season – and selling them for about 420 baht per kilogram.

The clams are selling well locally and are also a hit with Hong Kong diners, who pay more for having the mollusks imported.

Hundreds of people can be seen in the mornings, poking sticks in the sand along Thung Talay Beach in Koh Klang sub-district, looking for the shellfish, which are found a few inches under the surface.

 

Full story: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/-Koh-Lanta-villagers-cash-on-seasonal/65900?desktopversion#ad-image-0

 
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Just rape the beaches until all of a sudden there are no more!!!!!

The Asians did that in OZ & parts of NZ

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23 minutes ago, natway09 said:

Just rape the beaches until all of a sudden there are no more!!!!!

The Asians did that in OZ & parts of NZ

 

... and Canada.

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2 hours ago, natway09 said:

Just rape the beaches until all of a sudden there are no more!!!!!

The Asians did that in OZ & parts of NZ

 

Without some data, it's hard to tell if they're "raping the beaches" or taking such a tiny percentage that it's sustainable for centuries.

 

 

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8 hours ago, impulse said:

 

Without some data, it's hard to tell if they're "raping the beaches" or taking such a tiny percentage that it's sustainable for centuries.

 

 

Once this becomes national news that there is free money on this beach, the tide will surely turn....

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I remember we were at some family gathering when I was young. in New Brunswick or Maine don't remember which. But they went clam digging and got a couple of lobsters for a feast. I have never forgotten that.

 

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17 hours ago, cruisemonkey said:

 

... and Canada.

In California we were returning from a day of ocean sport fishing when we noticed a number of wildlife  and fish and game officials had arrested a group of 4 Vietnamese fishermen who had in their possession over 700 live abalone of ALL sizes down to 2 inches in width across the widest part of the shell.

the law at that time was that you were allowed to legally posses 10 abalone with a shell width of 7 inches minimum. It;s the same with fishing regulations we learned from the officers.

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