Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

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Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by Nereus » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap as cleanup yet to begin

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general ... t-to-begin

The large amount of garbage spotted in the seas off Chumphon province by a trawler a week ago has drifted up to Prachuap Khiri Khan, about 100 kilometres from where it was first found, the Royal Thai Navy said on Thursday.

Noppadon Thintaeb and other trawler crew members saw the garbage, which was 10 kilometres long, about 40 nautical miles off Pathiu district of Chumphon last Thursday while catching fish.

Mr Noppadon took four photos before his phone’s battery ran out. When he returned to shore on Monday, he posted the photos on his Facebook page along with a message that read, “The Gulf of Thailand is filled up with garbage from sloppy people.” 

The photos went viral and sparked calls from the public for authorities to quickly deal with the situation and investigate the origin of the massive trash pile. Mr Noppadon told local media later that most of the floating garbage was not very biodegradable, such as plastic bags. “I’ve never seen such a massive amount of garbage in the sea before,” he told Channel 7 on Tuesday. 

Four days after the “sea of trash” photos were published online, a navy aircraft was sent from the 1st Naval Area Command-operated airport in Chumphon at the request of provincial authorities to conduct an aerial search of the sea off Chumphon and nearby areas to establish the coordinates of the floating garbage and plan the clean-up operation. 

V-Adm Sursak Methayapa, commander of the 1st Naval Area Command, said the survey found the rubbish was now about eight nautical miles off Bang Saphan district, Prachuap Khiri Khan and only four nautical miles off Talu island. The island, locally known as Koh Talu, is a popular shallow diving spot in the Gulf of Thailand.
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by prcscct » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:51 pm

Had disappeared by the time boats got to the Thursday evening location.....found again Friday afternoon 10km from old position. They apparently have a clean up plan hatched to start Saturday. They're say it's from all the flood/rain runoff over the past several weeks, and is primarily plastic. Pete :cheers:
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by Nereus » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:47 pm

I am a bit intrigued with what appears to be sticks standing up with small flags on the top. :?
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'Garbage island' will take 10 days to clear

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PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: The huge floating garbage island in the Gulf of Thailand is largely plastic waste and a threat to marine life, according to authorities who say it will take 10 days to clear.

The trash slick was located again by an aerial survey on Friday, 10 kilometres away from its position on Thursday. It is now drifting between Koh Talu in Bang Saphang Noi district and a headland of Ao Mae Ramphueng in Bang Saphan district. Koh Talu is a popular shallow-water dive site in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Authorities estimate the floating junk, which was first spotted earlier in the week off Chumphon province and has been drifting northward, weighs100 tonnes.

Winds have already scattered some of the trash and made collection a more difficult task, said Sopon Thongdee, deputy director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
Officials expect to be working in the area for 10 days and will use speedboats and small fishing nets to collect the garbage, he said.
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by buksida » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:03 pm

The flags are markers for submerged fish and crab traps, loads of them around this area.
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by Takiap » Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:38 am

Disgraceful!!!!
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by Henry 14th » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:00 am

Is there any indication where the authorities think the slick came from?

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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by HHTel » Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:38 am

He said the trash might have been debris trapped in water draining off the land after the recent heavy floods, especially from Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon.
According to the Deputy Director of Dept of marine and coastal resources. Many 'experts' seem to agree with this theory.

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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by Henry 14th » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:19 pm

Ah that would make sense. The story fits with the recent rains at least.

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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by Big Boy » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:55 pm

I see social media is showing evidence of it coming ashore in Hua Hin (and Khao Takiab). Let's hope they deal with it better than the oil slick.
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by prcscct » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:30 am

Marine Dept halts mission to clean up 'garbage island' (Temporary, weather related)

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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by prcscct » Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:01 pm

It's been 10 days since the last article about this. That means to me clean up efforts have simply stopped and the junk is still floating, or has sunk. Any big piles arriving on Hua Hin and Cha Am beaches? Pete :cheers:
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Re: Island of trash drifts to Prachchuap

Post by lomuamart » Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:18 pm

Not at HH, Pete.

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