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Thai marine parks to limit visitors nationwide

BANGKOK: Thailand will limit tourist visits to marine national parks throughout the country to six million a year, according marine and conservation expert, Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat.

tourism, environment, natural-resources, Chinese, marine, pollution,

TTR Weekly

Saturday 5 May 2018, 10:00AM

The number of visitors allowed to enter marine parks nationwide will be limited to six million a year. Photo: DNP
The number of visitors allowed to enter marine parks nationwide will be limited to six million a year. Photo: DNP

Thon serves as the deputy dean of the Faculty of Fishery at Kasetsart University in Bangkok and is an official advisor to the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR).

He made the comments on his Facebook page last Thursday (April 26), saying the decision to cap tourist visits would be part of a “national reform strategy” for marine parks.

An outspoken critic who has often chided the tourism industry for the negative impact on national marine parks, he says the damage to coral reefs that currently stands at 77% should be reduced to 50% over the next five years.

He welcomed the marine park department’s decision to cap tourist visits saying it would encourage marine conservationists across the country to campaign harder for change.

Phi Phi Island, east of Phket, is a priority to reduce footfall from around 6,000 to 3,000 visitors per day. Most of the visitors to the national park there arrive on day boat trips from Phuket and Krabi Town. Hundreds of boats drop anchor daily in Maya Bay causing damage to sensitive coral reefs.

Around 66% of all visitors to Phi Phi Island are Chinese followed by Koreans, Taiwanese, Malaysians and Singaporeans.

A ruling that all day-trip visitors return with their rubbish rather than dumping it on Phi Phi Island is ignored by boat owners. National parks are overwhelmed by trash, mainly food refuse and plastic that tourists leave behind.

In earlier interviews with both local and foreign media, Dr Thon estimated that 2.5 million tourists visit Phi Phi Island annually.

The island is part of a national park and its most popular tourist spot Maya Bay will close to day trippers by boat, June to October, to give the coral and environment a chance to recover.

Dr Thon claimed around 17 sites in 17 marine parks have been identified as urgently requiring critical attention to stop damage to coral and marine life.

He has warned of damage to the coral and marine life in the Similan islands where the most popular spots are closed for six months of the year to allow recovery. The closures resulted in improvements.


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BenPendejo | 05 May 2018 - 19:29:13

Probably just another "verbal" conservation program. With the slew of longtails and other greedy and unscrupulous tour boat operators, and the usual lack of enforcement capabilities, nothing significant is going to happen, just more same same. And once again, closing Maya Bay from June to October will not give the coral and environment a chance to recover. Stupid assertion. It needs year...

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CaptainJack69 | 05 May 2018 - 11:22:47

The Similans have been closed for half the year for more than 20 years and the closures have NOT resulted in improvements. Anyone who dove them in the 90's would cry to see them today.

These kind of steps are essential but need to be properly enforced and will NOT save the parks without more pro-active steps to limit damage and pollution while they're open.

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Kurt | 05 May 2018 - 10:20:33

It is a good start to reduce the number of visitors with 50%. 
Does that mean the number of boats sailing to the Marine Parks, dropping their anchors on and around coral beds are also reducing with 50%?
Where are these boats + crew going to operate to make a living?
Will there be a boat minimising/limitation program?

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