Hua Hin has begun installing nets along local beaches to keep jellyfish away from the shore. The so-called ‘stinger nets’ have been installed off waters near several Hua Hin beaches.
The nets are attached to buoys to provide safe swimming areas in accordance with a recent proposal at a meeting held between representatives from Hua Hin Municipality and the Marine Resource Conservation Division.
Officials also said the nets would not impact on the livelihoods of local fishermen but would be a boon for beachgoers and could even help boost tourism.
The beaches of Hua Hin and Cha am have occasionally suffered problems with jellyfish, (Chysaora), especially after prolonged heavy rain when the creatures come to float in the water close to the shore to feed.
Although most beach goers are oblivious of their presence, complaints from tourists who have been painfully stung whilst enjoying a morning swim are not uncommon. Apart from avoiding swimming near the jellyfish or touching any that have been washed up on the shore, the application of vinegar is recommended first aid before seeking medical attention.
Chysaora, also have the nickname ’Sea Nettles’, due to a venomous and painful sting in their tiny tentacles, the sting is released when they come into contact with human skin.
Hua Hin is not the only area of Thailand with a jellyfish problem. They are particularly common in the waters off Koh Samui.