Amorn Intaracharoen, the Managing Director of Phuket Pearl Farm Co. Ltd, said that global warming or climate change was seriously affecting the pearl farms in the area of Koh Maprao, Phuket. The increased sea temperature up to 30 degrees Celsius is causing coral bleaching, and of course making the pearl oysters die.
Normally, 60% of the oysters were affected by the phenomenon, however now 100% of them were dying due to the rising temperature of the sea. The damage was costing 50-60 million baht.
Amorn added that the solution to this problem was to change the oyster growing period and try to harvest the pearls before April, when the temperature reaches the highest rates.
Translated from Manager Online