Pattaya Daily News

10 March 2006 :: 21:03:18 pm 26509

Outcry over sea-walking abuses!!

Tourists Causing Ecological Damage After significant damage to the local undersea environment, especially the coral in Pattaya’s Koh Larn and Phuket’s Koh Hey, outraged marine scientists have demanded that the state regulates the practice of sea-walking by insensitive tourists and mercenary local businesses.
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The matter was brought to the scientists’ attention by an article posted on a website by a tourist who witnessed a sea-walking guide commiting a series of abuses at Koh Larn, damaging corals and sea animals for the entertainment of tourists.

The guide had apparently also bagged fish, encouraged tourists to fondle giant clams and to hold sea anemones while they posed for photographs. Local Pattaya businesses, according to Dr Thorn Thamrongna-wasawadi, a Kasetsart University marine scientist, were abusing the terms of their permits issued by the TAT, who, in turn, were not adequately monitoring their activities.

The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has since sent officials to inspect the companies on Koh Larn and found 14 companies providing sea-walking at several spots about 300 metres off the shore where corals lie.

A TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) official in Phuket maintained the authority has never promoted sea walking, locally, due to its potential for causing ecological damage. And, furthermore, if companies were found to be abusing the terms of their licences, they wouild have them withdrawn. Local companies concurred, maintaining they were far more ecologically sensitive confining their activities to sand, not coral and their clients’ only interest was viewing the fish.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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