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Mass of dead fish on Patong Beach ‘no cause for alarm’, say officials

PHUKET: Hundreds of dead fish found washed ashore Patong Beach yesterday is no cause for alarm say local officials, and not the result of toxic shock brought on by wastewater pumped into the bay.

Tuesday 20 December 2016, 07:17PM


The alarm was raised after people reported hundreds of small fish – all dead – along a one-kilometre stretch at the southern end of of Patong Beach at about 5pm to 6pm yesterday (Dec 19).

“The dead fish came from the fishermen who operate out of Klong Pakbang at the southern end of Patong,” Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup told The Phuket News today (Dec 20).

“The fishing community there use beach seines at the south end of Patong Beach. I checked with them and they explained that the small fish were discarded after the fishermen discovered they had caught bigger fish in the nets,” she explained.

“I will remind them that their actions affect people’s impressions of Patong, and that although they have legal permits to use nets to fish there, they must be responsible and take care of our environment,” Mayor Chalermluck noted.

“This was not the result of wastewater. If it were, I must see the initial report about it so I can fix problem the quickly.

Mayor Chalermluck pointed out that her office is keeping an eye on pollutants flowing from the canal into Patong Bay.

“I can show last month’s water test results to The Phuket News tomorrow (Dec 21),” she said.

Pornsri Suthanaruk, Chief of the “Regional Environment Office 15”, based in Phuket, confirmed that her office had investigated the report, and would not take any further action.

“My officers explained to me that this incident resulted from fishing practices used at Patong Beach, not from polluted water,” she told The Phuket News today.

Ms Pornsri noted that her office has long been aware of beach seines used at Patong.

“In this case, it is not necessary yet to conduct water-quality tests, which are costly, and Patong Municipality’s wastewater-treatment plant is good enough,” she said.

 

 

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Kurt | 22 December 2016 - 13:05:50

@ swerv:  I know that seagulls do not have a thai passport.
Seagulls are sea birds, they are 'cosmopolitic'. 
You find them everywhere on earth at sea were is fish.
Join 1 day a fishing vessel off thai coast and experience how many seagulls are flying behind it, regardless the season.
We, scuba divers, can tell you that around Phuket the sea is empty. No fish, due to previous over fish...

swerv | 22 December 2016 - 07:49:53

Kurt: Educate yourself, try Google. Seagulls are not a Thai bird. Some areas in Thailand do see seagulls but they are a migratory bird coming to Thailand in the winter.
Nothing to do with pollution, nothing to do with lack of fish...we have plenty of fish.

Kurt | 21 December 2016 - 13:06:34

@ Asterix:
The conditions you describe are existing everywhere in the world.
Point is, if there is fish around Phuket, there will be seagulls.
There are small islands around Phuket ( from Phromthep Cape you even can look down on a few) where is no human interference, lizards or snakes.
Other birds around? Yes, but that is 2 way thing.
Seagulls also eat eggs of other birds..

But seagulls on...

Asterix | 21 December 2016 - 12:36:26

@ Kurt
There are no seagulls in the Andaman Sea because islands and rocky areas along the Andaman Coast are full of predadors to eat the eggs and chicks such as humans, rats, monitor lizards, snakes and other birds...

swerv | 21 December 2016 - 12:23:56

Kurt: 
1. There are no seagulls in Phuket. Nothing to do with pollution.
2. The fish are from fishing boats at the southern end of Patong.

Kurt | 21 December 2016 - 10:39:40

Seagulls do not catch fish in polluted waters. 

And look at Phromthep Cape, you not see a single seagull, because the sea direct around Phuket is empty. 
No fish anymore due to overfishing. 

Andy | 20 December 2016 - 20:05:03

No doubt pure coincidence but the same thing has happened in Cornwall, England.
http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/745092/thousands-dead-fish-cornish-beach-second-time-two-weeks

The consensus there is that it is fishing trawlers dumping the cheap Mackeral fish as they have caught something much more valuable.
I am not sure why seagulls (flying rats) are not feasting on the mackeral though.

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