Huge garbage patch drifting in Gulf of Thailand spotted

A large garbage patch extending up to over 10 kilometres long was spotted drifting in the Gulf of Thailand, but still does not pose threat to the country's ecosystem.

The photo of the huge garbage patch was posted on the Internet by marine expert Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, deputy dean at the Fisheries Faculty of Kasetsart University.

The marine expert said the huge garbage patch is evidence of the country’s failure to manage the garbage problem.

It also served as a warning that the plastic garbage management of  the country is at critical level, he said in his post.

He said Thailand comes sixth rank in the world to dump plastic bag trashes into the sea, and the world’s number one that faces severest garbage problem in the sea.

He said garbage patch is harmful to marine lives, particularly sea turtles and dolphin babies that happened to eat them.

He said autopsies of many sea turtles died in the sea showed shopping plastic bag was the main cause of death.

He advised using surrounding nets to clean up the floating garbage for disposal on shore, and launching public awareness campaign of the threat to marine lives of garbage patch.

Latest survey by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) at 00.00 hrs today showed the large garbage patch was heading to the sea and away from the country’s coastlines, thus posing no impact on coral reefs and ecosystem of the coastlines.