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Phuket Governor urges stricter enforcement of coral protection measures

PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong yesterday (Feb 16) convened a meeting of government officials where he urges strict enforcement of coral protection laws on Racha Island, south of Phuket.

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Saturday 17 February 2018, 04:39PM

The meeting, held at the Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment Phuket, was attended by Phuket Vice Governor Thawornwat Kongkaew, Director of the Phuket Marine and Coastal Resources Management Office Watcharin Thintalang and other government officials.

Gov Norraphat said, “Coral resources in Racha Yai Island and Racha Noi Island are damaged. The cause of this damage is coral bleaching and tourism activities. Measures have been enacted to make sure that this coral is being protected.

"These protection measures are aimed at preventing boat anchors from being dropped on coral, collecting garbage, preventing tourists from stepping on coral and to stop wastewater from being released into the sea.

“This meeting to is to make sure that the law is being enforced. There are still some people and tourists who are unaware of the damage they are doing to coral. So we have continue to enforce these measure and in some cases enforce the measures even more strictly,” Gov Norraphat added.



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Fascinated | 18 February 2018 - 09:21:49

Ahh- those naughty tourists at it again. They are at the heart of all the problems in Thailand (other than those that can be blamed on the naughty Burmese) aren't they!

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BenPendejo | 17 February 2018 - 23:25:40

The root cause of much of the damage is simply too many boats and tour operators, with nobody there to manage, monitor or oversee their actions. Most of the people getting caught are getting caught by responsible divers and dive boat operators. Boat drivers (I won't call them captains) and tour operators that get caught simply point the finger at clueless tourists, which is standard Thai respo...

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