Extensive coral bleaching, Koh Talu to close

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Extensive coral bleaching, Koh Talu to close

Post by buksida » 24 May 2016 17:03

This Thai PBS report shows the extensive coral bleaching that has occurred at Koh Talu over the past few months. Primary cause is a rise in sea temperature as a result of this year's El Niño event.
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At the end she mentions the closing of the island to tourists to allow for coral recovery.

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Re: Extensive coral bleaching, Koh Talu to close

Post by migrant » 24 May 2016 20:13

I wonder if the island is closed, will that end the snorkeling, and more important, the beer floats after fishing??

Seriously bleaching seems to be getting more common, perhaps a result of ecological changes abetted by man

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Re: Extensive coral bleaching, Koh Talu to close

Post by buksida » 25 May 2016 07:11

Will find out about island closures, here is the full report:

Between 80-90 percent of staghorn corals around Koh Talu off Bang Saphan Noi district of Prachuab Khiri Khan have been found to have been affected by bleaching, according to the Siam Marine Rehabilitation Foundation.

The foundation secretary-general Mr Paopipat Charoenpak said Tuesday that coral bleaching had struck both natural staghorn corals as well as corals which were planted by humans and some of them are dying.

He also said that other corals had also been affected as a result of sea warming which began in March and lasted until April. He expressed concern that the widespread coral bleaching around Koh Talu might impact on marine resources in the Gulf and tourism activities.

Koh Talu is a popular dive site for the rich corals in shallow water of between 2-4 metres deep.

Paopipat disclosed that coral bleaching occurred six years ago at Koh Sing, Koh Sang and Koh Talu but some of them have been rehabilitated.

Meawhile, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources attributed coral bleaching to the unusually high temperature of water in the Gulf and the Andaman Sea. Coral bleaching was found in seven area, including Koh Mun Nai off Rayong, Koh Thaloo and Koh Liam off Prachuab Khiri Khan, Koh Khai off Chumporn, Koh Racha Yai, Laem Panwa and Koh Mai Thorn off Phuket.

The department estimated that most of the bleached corals would die within a month.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/164642

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Re: Extensive coral bleaching, Koh Talu to close

Post by bsb » 25 May 2016 07:37

Migrant, don't worry about the snorkeling and beer floats ...worry about the fishing, how was Lost wages ?

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Re: Extensive coral bleaching, Koh Talu to close

Post by migrant » 25 May 2016 19:27

bsb wrote:Migrant, don't worry about the snorkeling and beer floats ...worry about the fishing, how was Lost wages ?
LV was good, I'll send you a email later today

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