Problematic prawn farm

My neighbors have completed a construction next to their house that suspiciously resembles a building for a prawn farm. I have heard that as chemicals are used in this cultivation they can leach into the ground, thus causing contamination of the water supply for those living close by. As my well is only about 30 meters from this place, could this be a problem for me? I use the water for washing only.

  • Asked on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 10:54 AM
    Joanne LaSalle, Rawai

Prawn farms no longer affect their neighbors because prawn farm owners must now use biodegradable products, unlike many years ago when many farmers used chemicals that were harmful to humans and the environment.

The Department of Fisheries has removed all those hazardous chemicals from sale at chemical supply shops, so you can be sure that there will not be any hazard to you or contamination of your water supply.

The Fisheries Department is very strict in controlling prawn farm owners. They must register their farms at the Provincial Fisheries Office, and we check them often.

Prawn farm owners must follow many regulations, otherwise they are not allowed to export their prawns or sell their products locally. They must adhere to the Good Aquaculture Practice, or GAP, all the way from the hatchery stage through to harvesting.

  • Answered on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 10:54 AM
    Pairo Suttaporn, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Fisheries Office.
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