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This is only the beginning of the natural disaster Phuket is waiting for... After Phuket will be able to cry only on itself cause this is what it deserves..
Posted by Dave on November 26, 2010 10:01
Dave, You've gotten out of bed on the wrong side. Go back, close you eyes for a couple of seconds, then get out on the other side. Your day will be much, much brighter.
There was a heavy, very extensive bleaching event here in 1990-91 as well, so if this spells the end, why is there any coral left 20 years later? Some coral will die, certainly, some will not, others will grow back, species may change. This is how nature works.
Posted by John Williams on November 26, 2010 10:39
We're previously reported the comparisons with other bleachings. The recovery process will be faster and damage from the inflow of tourists will be reduced if the diving industry is effectively managed. Without management, the reefs may never recover to their former state. A second serious bleaching next year might change the outlook, though.
THANKS for putting things back into perspective for the non-diving community, John ... those of us here long enough remember the 1998 "El Nino" Coral Bleaching very well, and as you say although it is obviously "not good" it IS nature at work, it happened before and will happen again, reducing the number of boats or divers will obviously have no affect on Coral Bleaching either .... thanks, John
Posted by Chris on November 26, 2010 16:37
I'm a little puzzled by this claim
Posted by Chris on November 26, 2010 22:43
Marine biologists believe that severely damaged reefs will recover faster if no diving is permitted on or around them, and that it's time in any case that the diving industry was controlled. This applies to day-trippers as well: I've seen snorkellers emerge carrying souvenir chunks of coral. Clearly, illegal fishing also has to be stopped. If the industry continues to grow without control, won't its future be unmanageable and uncertain?
Have a look at the Khao Lak Echo dot com website for an update (survey in the first week of November by Dive Centers based in Khao Lak) Divers and snorklers definitely can further damage affected coral, but the biggest problem by far are fishing activities. There is also an interview with the NP Chief.
Posted by Alex on November 27, 2010 11:10
Posted by Guy (Charlie) LIDUREAU on November 27, 2010 12:57
On one snorkel adventure to Ko Raya last week our Thai Guide gave us all a big speech about how paying extra to rent flippers is in our best interest because with the protection of the fins we would be free to walk on the corals as much as we pleased.....
Posted by kevin on November 27, 2010 14:22
Posted by Chris on November 29, 2010 00:55
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