In October 2016, "China-ASEAN Ocean Park eco-service network platform construction" project was officially approved by the ASEAN-China Ocean Cooperation Fund. In order to carry out this project, and to promote the cooperation and exchange of marine management and ecological protection research between China and Thailand, the Third Institute of Oceanography of the State Administration of China sent its experts Liu Zhenhua, Gu Haifeng, Chen Guangcheng, Zheng Xinqing, Wu Jianwei and Geng Nannan on a visit to the Thailand project demonstration area in December 2016 to carry out preliminary site investigation.
The project team invited the competent authorities of the Dalang and Chumphon marine park demonstration areas i.e. the Eastern Gulf of Thailand and the Central Bay Area Ocean and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center for a discussion to further understand the needs of Ocean Park construction and management in Thailand and China, and shared the experience in the management of marine parks. The project team made a preliminary investigation on seagrass bed, coral reefs and estuaries and other important ecological ecology Resources of the two demonstration areas, and visited the local community, to make an understanding of the management model of the marine protected area community.