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Agency Taking Action After 1,000 Rai Of Corals Found To Be Diseased


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by TNR Staff

 

THE DEPARTMENT of Marine and Coastal Resources is moving to declare a protected area and recruiting volunteers to help tackle the spread of yellow-band disease among corals spread across a thousand rai, or around 20 kilometres, off five upper and central Gulf of Thailand provinces, Matichon newspaper said.

 

Mr. Atthaphon Charoenchansa, the department’s head, speaking after diving to monitor this outbreak at Koh Kham island, off Sattahip district, Chonburi province, together with divers from AGC Vinythai,  Burapha University and Samae San Volunteer Divers Club, revealed that the yellow-band disease had infected corals in Chonburi for the first time.

 

It was already spreading among corals off Trat, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces.

 

Full story: https://thainewsroom.com/2022/11/29/agency-taking-action-after-1000-rai-of-corals-found-to-be-diseased/

 

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8 hours ago, webfact said:

It was already spreading among corals off Trat, Chanthaburi, Rayong and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces.

They need pesticides.. only solution.

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This breaks my hart. Thailand used to have some of the best scuba dive sites in the world. My favourite in the gulf was Sail Rock. In my 250+ dives in the gulf what I saw was thai destruction of the seas and corals and the life there of. Anchors getting dropped on dive sites as divers below dragging across corals, discarded nets caught on coral, long-tails and boats crossing dive sites and divers below and rubbish in the sea.... I last dove there in 2007 and it was really bad then. You used to beable to see 30/40m+ on a good day. Last dives  did on a good day it was but a few meters to a couple. So very sad.

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4 hours ago, ourmanflint said:

Caused by excessive pollution which weakens coral and allows disease to take hold.

You must be a marine biologist involved in the case. What is the scientific name of the disease and what is the course of action? Nice to have a genuine expert involved

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