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Ao Phrao coral still damaged

Reefs may take up to 5 years to fully recover

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Scientists have discovered that coral reefs at Ao Phrao beach on Koh Samet in Rayong's Klaeng district still show signs of damage, six months after the area was flooded by tonnes of crude oil. 

Boats remove oil-drenched waste from Ao Phrao beach on Koh Samet. The beach has almost returned to normal after a week of clean-up operations following the crude oil leak from a PTT Global Chemical pipeline in August 2013. (Photo by Thiti Wannamonth)

Marine scientists from Kasetsart University's Faculty of Fisheries, led by the head of the Department of Marine Science Thon Thamrongnawasawat, released their findings yesterday.

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