A FOREIGN man wanted for having caught endangered parrotfish off Koh Phi Phi Leh Island, Krabi province, as seen in a TikTok video clip that enraged Thai netizens has now apologised for having done so, Sanook.com said today (August 13).
In the video clip that he has already removed he can be standing near the boat’s captain and holding three parrotfish and two other unidentified fish in one hand and showing a stabbed sea eel in the other.
In replying to strong criticism from Thais, the unnamed foreigner posted this message on his TikTok channel:
“People please understand, I am a professional spearfisher travelling around the globe and fishing. I had not 1 SINGLE clue that I couldn’t fish here.
“I thought it was okay + nobody told me anything about that it’s illegal. Again I’m deeply sorry and won’t do this again. Humans make mistakes.”
Meanwhile Mr.Thanya Netithammakun, the director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has ordered an examination of the video clip showing the foreigner fishing off this island which is part of the Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park for quick prosecution.
The department coordinated with Marine and Coastal Resources Office 10 in solving this case with the latter having found out that the fishing boat’s name is “Ewarin ” and the perpetrators are being pursued for legal action.
Screenshots from the video clip showing the foreign man holding three parrotfish and two other fish in his left hand and a stabbed sea eel in his right hand with the boat’s captain nearby. The Thai headline in above photo says, “Didn’t know it was illegal” and on the Front Page, “Farang catches parrotfish.” Photos: Sanook.com