Recognizing the prime importance of bioresources in the coastal area, Biodiversity Research and Training Program (BRT)
, a joint research funding program established by BIOTEC and Thailand Research Fund (TRF), launched an area-based research program on “Marine Biodiversity: Khanom – Mu Koh Thale Tai Innitiative” in 2006. This three-year (2006-2008) initiative project was aimed to support research and training in marine biodiversity for young biologists and local communities as well as gather basic information on marine life occurring in these pristine habitats. This study has shown that “Khanom - Mu Koh Thale Tai” is rich in marine biodiversity and supports a variety of colorful fauna. A total of 719 species of marine life have been reported, including rare and/or endangered species for Thailand such as pink dolphins (i.e., Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins-Sousa chinensis), the Basket star (Euryle aspera) and the Gorgonian brittle star (Ophiopsammium semperi) as well as seagrass beds which provide food and shelter for juveniles of many marine organisms. More than 46 species of marine algae have been found together with green calcareous marine algae (Halimeda macroloba).
Posted on 22 March 2010.