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What to do about too many "ignorant" foreign tourists spoiling Thailand's marine life?

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31 minutes ago, Bill Miller said:

"What to do about too many "ignorant" foreign tourists spoiling Thailand's marine life?"
The title is indeed insulting, and wide of the mark.
Many of the measures mentioned as under consideration may help alleviate the damage, but it is wrong headed to blame the ""ignorant" foreign tourists".
It is 100% Thai ignorance and lack of foresight  that is to blame. Ignorance on the part of the regulators, if there really are such, of those whose job it is to maintain and preserve these areas.
Ignorance and/or indifference on the part of the various tour operators.
Just this morning we read about three Thai women fined for disporting themselves atop a Mountain Coral for a photo op. They indicated ignorance that it was a coral as opposed to a big rock, apologised, fined, and we are done with that episode. No shame, and they will not do it again.
My point is that there is no shame in ignorance. Learn, educate, revise, move on.
The shame is in not accepting responsibility but rather trying to deflect "blame" on really rather innocent parties. As has been mentioned in other commentary, the ""ignorant" foreign tourists" do not for the greatest part bring themselves to these fragile environments.
By all means limit the traffic. Educate and license the operators. Stop letting an exaggerated notion of face saving inhibit right action and deflect energy and resources from effectively dealing with the problems.
My opinions.

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To add,   agree with what you posted----Please do not transport 200 Chinese on a boat there---you are asking for mega problems

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“An E-ticket system of advance booking so that visits could be spread out“

 

OK less crowds still the same amount of people damaging things

 

“A ban on visits to just one place - visits should be spread out to several islands and beaches so that all could take the strain“

 

Now all the beaches are full of litter and spoilt

 

"Better daily scheduling of visits to places so that overcrowding is limited“

 

So thats basically the same as the first Ideal

 

"Operators and guides should train the tourists in appropriate behavior when down at the beach or snorkeling“

 

Well I thought they did they did when I went on a trip there years ago it was all obvious anyway and if you don't have that comen sense you won't listen anyway.

 

 

 

"Closure of certain areas at certain times of the year to help the environment recover"

 

Thats about the only one what makes sense.

 

 

The simple answer less tourist limit the amount of tickets sold. I can't see any other way around it.

 

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1 hour ago, hansnl said:

That fishing was certainly done by foreigners.

Why do you say that? Do you have documentation?
One of the issues in the EU threat to ban Thai fisheries products in 2015 was the use of destructive fishing methods, including blast and cyanide fishing.

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5 hours ago, Chang_paarp said:

How do the "ignorant foreign" tourists, and informed Thai tourists get to these places if not with the assistance of Thai tourist operators? 

 

Maybe, just maybe the emphasis is on the wrong part of the equation.

 

Maybe, just maybe, if you read the OP you would realize that all the proposals are aimed at the operators and none of them at the tourists.

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6 hours ago, Chang_paarp said:

How do the "ignorant foreign" tourists, and informed Thai tourists get to these places if not with the assistance of Thai tourist operators? 

 

Maybe, just maybe the emphasis is on the wrong part of the equation.

It's called saving face! You should know by now Thais cannot take blame for anything!!!

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6 hours ago, ezflip said:

Problem: Too many tourists

Solution: Limit the numbers of tourists

THAI solution: Charge more!

 

What problem?

Allow only peple like me & mine & people I like.

So, What problem?

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"Ignorance" is generally corrected with proper education.

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Surprised there's any marine life left at all the way that the Thai fisherman will take anything larger than  a thumb nail and throw it in the pot!!

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4 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

Pesky foreigners, next they’ll be hunting endangered species in wildlife sanctuaries and attempting to bribe officials when caught. 

but but but, this man was *NOT* a proper thai but an ITAL-THAI 5555555555555

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Problem will be solved, when there's nothing left for Thai's to exploit or take.  Build a new airport, devise a "new hub", bring on the tourist income.  If it can be sold or eaten, it's days are numbered...TIT

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Perhaps the first step would be to restrain the ignorant indigenous tour operators from encouraging/selling activities which damage the environment?

Well written!Another major step....Regulatory measures...only authorized outlets selling restricted number of tickets...slowly streamlining the whole operation!

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2 hours ago, hansnl said:

That fishing was certainly done by foreigners.

You meant "certainly done mainly by Thai fishermen"  - right ?

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Problem: Too many tourists
Solution: Limit the numbers of tourists
THAI solution: Charge more!
 
What problem?
They got same solution for all the problems

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