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    Sinking Bangkok garbage trucks in Gulf 'could harm ecosystem'

    Scientists alarmed at rusty reefs

    Sinking Bangkok garbage trucks in Gulf 'could harm ecosystem'
    Marine scientists are worried about a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and Fisheries Department plan to ditch old refuse-collection vehicles into the Gulf of Thailand to form artificial reefs.

    Kasetsart University expert Thorn Thamrongnasawadi said marine ecosystems in the South could be damaged by the dumping.
    "We have to consider what and how much we are dumping into the sea before we start," he said.
    Thorn is afraid iron in the lorries will pollute the sea when it rusts and harm ecosystems. Nevertheless, he is not 100 per cent against the idea of "man-made reefs".
    But he demands they be well designed and built by marine experts.

    Fisheries Department director-general Jaranthada Karnasuta insisted officials and Prince of Songkhla University scientists would closely monitor the project.
    "Don't be afraid about rust - it is iron oxide; a natural mineral," said Jaranthada.
    He added it would not be the first time man-made objects had been dumped into the sea to create artificial reefs. Each year the department constructs concrete reefs in the gulf. Five years ago, several hundred train carriages were dumped off the Narathiwat coast. All potential toxic substances were removed before they were sunk, he said.

    Some 200 decommissioned Bangkok city refuse-collection and water vehicles were recently loaded aboard vessels bound for Pattani.
    Jaranthada said they would be sunk off the Pattani coast tomorrow.
    The reefs they create will become a habitat for fish and other marine life and sustain small-scale fishing, he added.

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    There's something a bit facile about simply dumping large objects in the ocean and claiming fishing will improve, imho...

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    Probably snags the nets so that stops the trawlers, of course you are then still left with the fishermen that use dynamite I suppose but they will have to wait till there are lots of fish there to make it worth their while.

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    Yeah before they eventually dynamite it

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    I am surprised that the steel is not re-cycled.

    Thailand has to import all it's mild steel,I think, and here they are throwing it away.

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    It's a stupid idea. The oil from the engine parts will wreak havoc, besides the rubber & so on. Recycle the steel & burn the other stuff in a decent trash-fueled power station.

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    hasn't florida? just spent millions of dollars removing man made tyre reefs.
    protect whats already there, and recycle.

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    It sounds like a stupid idea but I have absolute faith that the thai officials are doing to just and proper thing.

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