Rayong public health confirms no contaminated oil found in sea animals, says seafood is safe in Rayong

PHOTO: Rayong PR Office

Rayong –

The Rayong Public Health Office has confirmed at this time no contaminated oil has been found in sea animals for sale at markets and fisheries and that, according to them, seafood in Rayong is safe for consumption by the public.

First, as a reference to the current situation in Rayong:

Athapol Charoenshunsa, Director General of the Pollution Control Department (PCD), revealed to the Associated Press over the past week that the dense oil contamination from a pipe leak from the Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited on Tuesday had gradually swept towards 51 square kilometers of Ao Prao Beach in Koh Samet, according to the satellite imagery survey. Click below to learn more!

Local authorities intensify oil spill situation response in Rayong around tourist islands and beaches

Now, for our update:

Yesterday (February 2nd) the Rayong Provincial Public Health Office Chief Doctor Soonthorn Reanpoomkarnkit told the national Thai press, “Random tests in sea animals throughout the Rayong area have been conducted. At this time, no contaminated oil was found in sea animals that are being sold at local markets and fisheries. However, if dead sea animals were found or anyone has caught sea animals encased with oil, they must report this to relevant officials.”

The Rayong Vice Governor Mr. Anan Nakniyom added, “More than 700 people, most of them who are local fishermen and vendors, have filed official complaints about the effects of the oil leak at a center near Ramphueng Beach. They are looking for financial compensation and support from the government and/or the company responsible for the leak as a result of the oil spill. We are working with relevant agencies and officials to expedite this process and assist those in need.”

The Vice Governor also stated that there are strong winds and waves off Ramphueng Beach. However, no new has oil washed ashore in five days, according to him, giving early hope that the situation may improve quickly.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for five years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.