Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development (GISTDA) has been asked by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources to keep track of floating garbage in the Gulf with its Sentinel-2 satellite so that officials of the department can deal with it immediately.
Satellite images taken on Friday showed that most of the garbage had been washed ashore on Thalu island and on the coasts of Ao Yai, Ao Thien and Ao Mook in Prachuab Khiri Khan.
However, the DMCR still needs help from GISTDA to keep track of floating garbage in the Gulf so that it can be dealt with before the garbage was washed ashore which could ruin tourism business and surface coral reefs.
The coasts of Prachuab Khiri Khan at Ao Yai, Ao Thien and Ao Mook as well as Thalu island which is a popular dive site have been littered with two tonnes of garbage washed ashore or still floating close to the shoreline during the past week. Most of the garbage are plastic bottles, glass bottles and foam.
Mr Wan Chatri, director of the marine and coastal resources office in Prachuab Khiri Khan, said that he expected the garbage littering on the shoreline and floating in the sea near Koh Thalu would be cleaned up in the next 1-2 days.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)