Marine and Coastal Resources Region 6 together with Karon Municipality organised the annual beach cleanup activity which was presided over by Vice Governor Prajiad Aksornthammakul and attended by 40 divers and 500 volunteers made up of local school children, businesses operator and residents.
The divers were appointed to clear rubbish from the sea near Leam Sai, the location where a video was taken last month showing the rubbish on the seabed, and which was partly cleared by volunteers on Nov 23.
At yesterday’s activity, more than 200 kilos of rubbish was collected which was made up mostly of discarded fish nets, cans, clothes, beach umbrellas, plastic forks and spoons, plastic bags and other materials believed to be from fishing boats.
All rubbish collected was transported to the Phuket City incinerator.
Speaking at the cleanup, Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham said ,“The main purpose of today’s activity is to honour His Majesty and also to promote environmental awareness among people and help people to understand the importance of marine life along the Andaman coast.
“We hope that activities such as this will help boost tourism in the Kata and Karon area.
“Today volunteers have helped collect trash along the beach and we have also released some 500,000 shrimps and 40 green turtles into the ocean.”