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No bleached corals off Phuket, reports DMCR

No bleached corals off Phuket, reports DMCR

PHUKET: An inspection of three coral sites in Phuket waters have dismissed claims that the corals are suffering heightened coral bleaching, reports the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR).

By The Phuket News

Saturday 14 May 2022, 11:42AM

The inspections were carried out after reports by local residents noted that the corals at three locations ‒ off Koh Lone, Naka Yai Island and Ban Laem Khad, all off Phuket’s east coast ‒ showed more white corals than previously observed.

DMCR Director-General Sophon Thongdee said that after receiving the reports an inspection of the three sites was launched, reports state news agency NNT.

“The survey of the coral bleaching situation was of the coral reefs at depths of three to five metres,” Mr Sophon said.

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“The reefs were found to be in good condition. The survey found that about 1% of all living corals [at the sites] were naturally pale white, but no bleached corals were found,” he added.

“As for the sea temperature, it was found to be 31°C for areas with pale-white corals, namely Khoad Coral, also called galaxy corals, and coral anemones,” Mr Sophon noted.

The DMCR survey team will continue to monitor the areas for any signs of coral bleaching, Mr Sophon added.

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Kurt | 15 May 2022 - 12:19:04

Nice non committing talk of DMCR director about how nature works. Not a single word about how he attacks/prevent tour boats ancher dropping on corals and fishermen dragging nets through coral areas. There is work to do for him! Thai Officialdom always avoid doing something real contributing.  Just office handsitting desk talks. Environmental protective totally useless.

JohnC | 15 May 2022 - 08:48:54

No coral bleaching but damage everywhere due to the ignorance and arrogance of tour operators letting their tourists walk all over pristine coral and boat owners dropping anchors where they should not. Fishing nets dropped on reefs. The list goes on and on. Any scuba diver can confirm that the corals in Thai waters in the Andaman Sea have suffered badly over the last 30 years.


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