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Fishermen seek probe into large number of dead fish

Mar 16. 2016
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By The Nation

Fishermen in Rayong’s Muang district are calling on the authorities to find out why a large number of fish were found dead at Ta Kuan Beach-Pradu Bay area on Tuesday, though they believe it could be blamed on rising sea temperatures, which usually happens
They also found that some sort of black powder had blackened parts of the beach and also darkened and muddied seawater near the shore. 
Fisherman Anuchit Khonsri said he believed the massive fish deaths stemmed from this year’s hotter-than-usual sea temperature. He also said the number of fish was high possibly because Ta Kuan Beach had become a conservation zone, with fishing boats banned from entry and the building of artificial reefs to “house” the fish. 
Fishermen’s inquiry at related agencies was met with the response that they had to wait for test results after Rayong natural resource and environment experts Arunee Eapawich and Apipong Satthapong had collected samples at the scene on Tuesday. 

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