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Half a ton of underwater garbage collected at Patong Beach

Half a ton of underwater garbage collected at Patong Beach

PHUKET: The mass underwater and beach cleanup held at Patong Beach on Monday (Nov 5) saw half of ton garbage of discarded debris collected from the waters off Phuket’s busiest tourism town, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup confirmed today (Nov 7).

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 7 November 2018, 05:31PM


The cleanup was held from 7am to 4pm as part of the festivities on the closing day of the Phuket Carnival.

A total of 412.15 kilograms of waste was collected, including 186.5kg of fishing equipment and nets; 75.2kg of glass and plastic bottles and cloth material; 97.55 kg of anchor and other ropes for boats and discarded sacks; and 52.9kg of items made from steel and/or wood.

Mayor Chalermluck awarded all participants a certificate.

Volunteer divers taking part in the underwater cleanup also received awards for the efforts, with Andaman Team winning with 850 points; Ngaan-Ngôk Team finishing second with 451.35 points; Jai Teung Jai Andaman Team third with 314.38 points, and a special award going to Phuket Dive Team for collecting 10 crown of thorns starfish.
Mayor Chalermluck praised everyone who took part in the event.

“It is a good sign and urges local people – and tourists – to keep the environment clean,” she said.

“I am now in discussions to have an ocean cleanup twice a year, as ocean cleanups are always needed,” Mayor Chalermluck added.

Mayor Chalermluck had some more good news: “Divers told me that the trash collected from underwater this time is less than they collected last time.”

 – Additional Reporting Puttimas Puttasuwan

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Timothy | 12 November 2018 - 08:27:43

This trash is not millennia old. They have done other "clean ups" over the years, and still can find tons of new discarded fishing nets. The fishing boat crews use the sea as a dump. 

Kurt | 11 November 2018 - 14:57:43

.... Study the yearly European quota fishing system. At first EU fishermen were not happy with it. Now, decennia later they thank EU on their knies that there is a quota system. It keeps them able to continue fishing as fish populations have time to recover, and keep fishermen going. And there is balance in marine life.

Pauly44 | 10 November 2018 - 15:06:32

So what, the point is Thai boats pollute and overfish their own environment on a massive scale destroying their own livelihood without thought, there is no law, regulation or oversight making these greedy buggers accountable, I've seen them first hand this is not speculation, your comments are as usual wrong. 

Jor12 | 09 November 2018 - 18:38:09

Fishing has been the occupation of many for millennia, as it has been for many other countries...

Paddy | 07 November 2018 - 18:17:30

Fishing boats that make their living from the sea who did most of damage. Make you sick, idiots.

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