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Tourist sites around Phuket to close for five months from tomorrow

PHUKET: Officials from the Department of National Park Wild Life Conservation and Plant Conservation (DNP) have today announced the annual five-month closure of popular tourists islands around Phuket as of tomorrow (May 16) in order to recover marine life during the green season.

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By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Monday 15 May 2017, 06:04PM


An inspection is carried out by an official from Tarutao National Park. Photo: DNP

An inspection is carried out by an official from Tarutao National Park. Photo: DNP

Director the Marine National Park Management division of the DNP, Nattapol Rattanaphan, said, “The DNP will close many national parks from May 16 to October 15. The parks will open again October 16 through to May 15 next year.

“These affected parks are Mo Ko Surin National Park, Mu Ko Similan National Park, Koh Rok and Koh Ha in Mu Ko Lanta National Park, Koh Hin and Muang Daeng in Hat Chao Mai National Park, and Koh Ardang Rawee and Koh Lipe in the Tarutao National Park in Satun,” said Mr Nattapol.

Asked whether any additional areas would be closed during this period to allow marine life to recover, Mr Nattapol said, “No, no extra areas will be closed.

“I did receive a request to open some areas including Koh Rawee in Satun and Chao Mai Beach in Trang, but I refused these requests,” he explained.

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“During the course of the closure officials from Mo Ko Similan National Park will keep an eye out to make sure no tourists are taken to these area.

“In addition, all those involved in the tourism industry, including tour companies, have been told of the closures and not to enter them.

“Tomorrow national park officials in the affected areas will drop buoys to block the areas,” he said.

“The monsoon season is a time when marine life should be allowed to restore itself and fishing has also been banned in certain areas as fishermen are known to cause a lot of damages to marine life,” Mr Nattapol added.

 

 

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Kurt | 31 May 2017 - 14:34:00

If the thai really treasure their left over marine sites than certain marine tourist sites should never be tourists sites again!

Oh, During 22-25 July there are no whale sharks around Phuket.
They are than on holiday.  :-)

National park Management of DNP should have representatives on board of all thai tourist vessels to observe the tourist guides ( legal or illegal) + tourists.
This means...

Asterix | 16 May 2017 - 12:37:27

You title "TOURIST SITES AROUND PHUKET TO CLOSE FOR FIVE MONTHS FROM TOMORROW" discourages divers and snorkelers to come during May to October according to the comment I got on our Facebook page from Kenny Williams: Will there be any for any good places for scuba diving in July with so many places closed. I'll be in Phuket July 22-25 I'd love to see a whale shark.

I would like...

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