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Thai divers remove fishing nets bleaching protected coral reefs

Thai divers remove fishing nets bleaching protected coral reefs




40 divers have removed abandoned  fishing nets covering coral reefs in a  protected area in the gulf of  thailand in a two-day operation which  ended on sunday  removal of the nets by a group of  volunteer divers  and the coastal resources research  center helped by the royal thai navy  revealed long lines of coral bleaching  inside the protected area  around kolasin a small rocky eyelid in  the southern waters of the gulf  the divers tied plastic bags filled with  air  to the net to get it to flow to the  surface carefully cutting the parts  caught in the coral  the divers carried out six trips over  the weekend to complete the operations  sos group said the nets which were 2  750 square meter in size had been in the  area around kolasin  about 72 kilometer off the coast of  thailand's southern patani province  for a month and a half it is estimated  that these nets could cost over 32 000  dollars  after the nets were removed on sunday  from depths ranging from 13 meter to 26  meter  about 500 square meter of bleached reef  was discovered  the reef is expected to recover in two  to three months  foreign  about 640 000 tons of fishing nets end  up in the ocean globally every year  becoming ghost gear according to the  united nations.

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