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and will they stop the fishermen? The Sea Gypsies?
Posted by Vfaye on January 20, 2011 22:31
The sea gypsies have been there for a very long time and their numbers fail to match those of the tourists. The fishermen certainly need to be stopped.
And what about the polluted water that everyday is spilled in the sea? Everywhere in Phuket the pollution increases. Nobody cares about the quality of the water and the waste waters.. When too late it won't enough to close the Iand for 3 or 5 years... need more than 10...
Posted by Dave on January 20, 2011 22:33
I think it possibly best that any efforts towards recovery are to actively suppress illegal fishing as well as all other use in these areas. No boats or yachts of any description, A COMPLETE CLOSURE, not to penalize the dive companies as if it's their fault, which it isn't.
Posted by innocent bystander on January 20, 2011 22:54
I dove in some of those areas last year and they were sometimes too crowded. I definitely agree they need to be preserved, but do the divers and boats really increase the water temperature which seems to be the cause of bleaching that kills the coral? Will stopping diving really help it to recover? It could be I don't understand enough about it, but the link isn't clear. Limiting the number or at least managing/licensing operators and divers at all the parks seems like it would help preserve the environment.
Posted by Anonymous on January 21, 2011 04:53
The divers go, the fishermen come. It has always been like this. The action will not help the corals, unfortunately. Local authorities are not able to control the closed areas.
Posted by Phuket Hotelier on January 21, 2011 09:13
Thousand and thousands of octopussies died and came ashore in Portugal yesterday. The earth is speaking to us, we had better listen, or we are going to loose everything the sea has to offer.
Posted by GrahamM on January 21, 2011 09:21
every begin of the season divers on their first liveaboard trips ALWAYS clear Similan's reefs off fish nets (clearly stuck there during monsoon season). Are they now allowing fishing boats to go there with flat sea to take and destroy the little life left???
Posted by Adriano on January 21, 2011 10:42
So who advises Sunan Aroonnopparat? Who tells him that it's the divers who are doing the damage?
Posted by Mike Boyd on January 21, 2011 10:46
why Thai never wanna learn from others country?? In Europe France closed some small area of the Corsica since more than 20 years ago: now there are a lot of fishes and marine life has preserved. In Italian close iland Sardegna they closed some area only 2 years ago.. May be too late...
Posted by Richard on January 21, 2011 11:56
Ask Malaysia how they are doing with Sipadan island outside Borneo. It is closed but still lot of divers want to go there.
Posted by X expat on January 21, 2011 11:57
Not only the coral bleeching but the lack of rules on diving & quantity of divers allowed has an impact. There are no rules and restrictions and divecenters and liveaboards just don't care ! The more divers the more money ! It's not so difficult to prove this. Just get on a liveaboard and see how many divers are dropped on Richelieu Rock on one single day ! Staggering frightening ! Poor richelieu rock !
Posted by Frequent diver on January 24, 2011 06:24
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