Anyone thinking about traveling to Koh Samet, site of the recent oil spill, can be reasonable assured that eating seafood and fish caught in the seas around the island are safe, Health Ministry inspectors have said. Even specimens taken from the area of Ban Phe which suffered the worst of the crisis have been declared free of ‘unsafe’ levels of mercury or heavy metals.

Koh Samet Oil Spill

All in all eight different samples of fish and green mussels where collected at random from local markets in nearby Klaeng. They were tested for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon and mercury, both of which are harmful to humans but were not found to be affected. The Ministry are carrying out further tests for arsenic, cadmium and lead but the results won’t be available until next week.

In addition to the seafood tests, the Health Ministry also took urine samples from over 250 people who assisted in the cleaning of Ao Phrao beach; fortunately no irregularities were found to be present in the samples said Minister of Health Pradit Sinthawanarong.

Should locals request it they will be given physical and psychological assistance whilst the Ministry has said they will continue to monitor their health and wellbeing as well as educating them by showing them how to select safe fish and seafood, as well as the importance of drinking clean water.

Thai newspaper The Nation further reports that the impact of the oil spill will be fully known once inspections of the coastline’s ecosystem have been carried out by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. They will be looking closely at the oceanography, mangroves , coastal ecology,  marine sea grass, rare marine life and coral reefs in order to assess exactly how much damage has been done to the area.

Koh Samet Thailand Oil Spill