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Slew of brown seaweed washes ashore Patong Beach

Slew of brown seaweed washes ashore Patong Beach

PHUKET: Local municipality workers returned to Patong Beach this morning to clear brown seaweed that washed ashore overnight after a huge effort yesterday (Jan 13) saw workers clear tonnes of the ugly flotsam from Phuket’s most popular tourist beach.

By The Phuket News

Tuesday 14 January 2020, 11:34AM

Sirawat Kriangkrai from the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Sanitation Division at Patong Municipality, told The Phuket News that the huge cleanup operation yesterday took officers from 5am to midday to remove the brown seaweed, which blighted about one kilomtere of Patong Beach – starting some 500 metres north of the where the Pak Bang Canal empties into Patong Bay at the southern end of the beach.

Working as quickly as possible, including by using a backhoe, workers removed some 10 tonnes of seaweed along with the sand and water around it, Mr Sirawat explained.

“We needed more people and equipment to remove the seaweed as fast as possible,” he said.

“We took the seaweed to the Patong Watewater Treatment Plant where it will be dried and used as natural fertiliser for public plants,” Mr Siriwat added.

Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsub inspected the cleanup operation yesterday at about 8:30am.

“I asked for volunteers and for beach vendors to help remove the seaweed together in order to make Patong Beach clean and beautiful as fast as possible,” Mayor Chalermlak said.

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Mayor Chalermluck pointed out that the seaweed washes up on Patong Beach every year.

“But this year the amount of seaweed was much more than in years past,” she said.

Asked what caused the bloom in seaweed that resulted in it being washed up on the beach, she declined to answer.

“It is not harmful to people. I have already ordered officers and backhoe loaders to remove the seaweed from the beach,” Mayor Chalermluck said.

“The seaweed might come from the rocks underwater. It is a natural incident that happens every year,” she said.

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Kurt | 17 January 2020 - 15:17:39

Tri Trang Beach seems to me to small to produce so many tons ( 10 tons?) to pollute  Patong Beach sands

Jor12 | 17 January 2020 - 06:52:44

There is no seaweed in Pak Bang Canal.  It can come from way out at sea or as Dek suggested Tri Trang Beach.  I would suggest you travel about, dive and take samples and compare DNA to that washed up. That way you be 100% certain of a source of a natural phenomena.

Kurt | 16 January 2020 - 08:18:12

DeK, it is about the Bay, not about near shore sites. The enormous amount of 'seaweed' is not coming from by you mentioned small locations.

DeKaaskopp | 15 January 2020 - 14:55:09

"In Patong bay are  no under water rocks" Seems like you haven't been there much. Kalim,Tri Trang Beach are full of stones,corals.

Kurt | 14 January 2020 - 15:05:36

Mayor, with all her 'advisers' declined an answer. That is fishy. She makes it even more laughable by saying that the stuff comes from underwater rocks.  In Patong  Bay are no under water rocks,  it is white sandy with here and there a bit sea grass. It is all polluted stuff from that Pak Bang Canal, 'stored' long time and released at once 'naturally'.

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