Extreme plankton bloom creates marine ‘dead zone’ off eastern Thailand

Extreme plankton bloom creates marine 'dead zone' off eastern Thailand

Thailand’s eastern coast is being threatened by an unusually deep plankton bloom that is creating an watery” dead zone” and endangering the livelihood of local fishermen who raise mussels there.

According to marine professionals, there are more than ten times as many algae as usual in some areas of the Gulf of Thailand, which causes the water to turn a vivid green and kill marine life.

Tanuspong Pokavanich, a marine professor, said,” This is the first that I’ve seen it but poor.” It’s extremely intense.

According to experts, algae blooms occur one or two days a year and usually last two to three days. They have the ability to create toxins that are harmful to the environment or to eliminate aquatic life by reducing the air in the waters and obstructing sunlight.

More than 80 % of the nearly 300 narratives in the Chonburi Fisheries Association, according to Satitchat Thimkrajong, leader, have been impacted by the oyster farms that are well-known along the region’s shores.

One of the plots affected was that of Fisherman Suchat Buwat. He claimed that the rose had cost him more than 500, 000 ringgit( US$ 14 000 ), and that his contemporaries had also suffered” unfathomable” losses.

Although the exact cause of the powerful algae bloom is still unknown, researchers think that waste and the extreme heat brought on by climate change are to chastise.

According to Tanuspong, El Nio causes dryness and higher water temperatures. If we don’t change how we manage our tools, water use, and way of life, whatever will get worse.

In Thailand’s southern Chumphon state earlier this year, a algae bloom washed up thousands of dead fish, and experts attribute the phenomenon to climate change.

With thousands of dead fish washing up on shores in Texas and specialists warning of algal blooms along the American coastline as a result of rising water temperatures, marine heatwaves have grown in problem this time.