Thailand's New Coral Reef in Phangnga

from - The Nation newspaper

PHANG NGA, Thailand (23 Feb 2006) -- A new coral reef discovered in Phang Nga's Tai Muang area covers some four square kilometres and accounts for about 5 per cent of all the coral areas in the Andaman Sea.

"Lying around five kilometres offshore are more than 30 genera of hard corals providing home to 12 species of fish from 56 families," said Songpol Tippayawong, head of WWF Thailand's Marine and Coastal Conservation Unit, which discovered the coral site.