Archive for January, 2007

King of Thailand Urges Response to Gulf of Thailand Erosion

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Several Thai provinces bordering the Gulf of Thailand were declared disaster zones last month after monsoon waves hit coastal areas. Waves were as high as 4 metres in some areas and caused substantial damage to the Gulf of Thailand coast, particularly in areas of Songkhla, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Many homes were damaged […]

On-Going Coastal Erosion Problems at Tanjung Piai, Malaysia

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Tanjung Piai in Johor Baru, the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia and mainland Asia, continues to be threatened from severe coastal erosion. The erosion is caused by the large waves created by an increasing number of vessels utilising the Straits of Malacca and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, and is most prevalent in areas of […]

Algal Bloom Threatens Sabah Aquaculture Ventures

Monday, January 15th, 2007

A large bloom of the toxic dinoflagellate, Cochlodinium polykrikoides, is currently threatening aquaculture ventures off the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia. One fish farm in the Gaya area has reported fish kills, and a recent analysis of water samples collected in the area show a concentration of 4,500 C. polykrikoides cells per litre of water. […]

Coastal Waters Assessment in China

Monday, January 15th, 2007

A recent assessment of China’s coast by the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) highlighted that fewer than half of China’s coastal water areas can be classified as being “clean”, and noted that this situation appears to be worsening. SOA reported further that the ecosystems in most bays, river mouths, and coastal wetlands were “unhealthy” due mainly […]