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Patong Bay cleanup clears 105kg of trash from reef

Patong Bay cleanup clears 105kg of trash from reef

PHUKET: A total of 105 kilograms of marine trash was collected from the reef near Kalim Beach in an underwater cleanup in Patong Bay yesterday (Nov 3).

By The Phuket News

Wednesday 4 November 2020, 07:55PM

Sukanya Samutban of Patong Municipality’s Public Health and Environment Division explained to The Phuket News that about 440 people, including Patong Municipality staffers, students and local residents, joined the cleanup.

“Some 40 volunteers dived to collect trash from the coral reef. Among the volunteers were 20 foreigners,” Ms Sukanya explained.

“The divers started at about 9am and continued until about 2pm. Together they collected about 105kg of trash, which was mostly parts of fishing nets, glass bottles and items made from plastic.

“The rest of the volunteers collected trash from along the beach and joined an educational session about marine trash and trash separation.” she added.

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“At the end of the activities, Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup provided medals of participation to the dive volunteers who just saved our sea and coral reef from trash,” Ms Sukanya said.

The trash collected was given to the trash bank project operated under the Patong Development Foundation for them to separate which trash can be recycled, Ms Sukanya added.

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Wiesel | 06 November 2020 - 11:17:56

@ Dukkkman: Sorry but the better way would be that the fisherman would care about their nets and cleaning would not be necessary.

Dukkkman | 05 November 2020 - 14:25:12

What a great thing to do. People working together. Let's hope this becomes a regular event. Go Phuket

Kurt | 05 November 2020 - 10:57:09

I say it again: Phuket Marine Office should sett up a fishing net registration system with certificates. Check these boats before they depart and when they rerturn. Yes, I know, that means 'work', but is for good purpose. The marine environment! That is why we have a Marine Office for, yes?

Capricornball | 04 November 2020 - 22:03:35

Probably the bulk of stuff collected was fishing-related, as the fishermen are some of the most careless and unconcerned people when it comes to protecting the marine environment.  And not to be critical, but 105 kg isn't much for 440 people.  Maybe 420 just taking selfies. 


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