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

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9 hours ago, boomerangutang said:

Years ago, I found a nice little area to snorkle, NE corner of Ko Pang Gnan.  While I was there, a small small fishing boat came along, dropped anchor on coral, and dropped a wide net.  They were probably looking to catch the few remaining colorful fish - for eating or aquariums?  

 

Also, while strolling along Thai beaches, I've seen lots of trash.  Every meter, there's something.  I've even seen discarded/broken bulbs from squid boats. One beach had a half billion chunks of broken bottles.  

 

Tourist do some dumb stuff, but the lion's share of damage/pollution is done by locals.

 

It's what you don't see which is most insidious.  Chemicals, pathogens and plastic goop are creating havoc in seas.

 

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Yup.  land-based farmers don't foul up their fields, dump rubbish all over them, yet those on boats sure do.  

A few years ago I saw similar beaches in the south, broken bulbs from squid fishers, barbed lures washed up on the beaches, other human crap.  It was straight-out disgusting.

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11 hours ago, Sir Dude said:

eBest thing to do is regulate and educate the local Thais and turn them from greedy scammers into people that care for their country's environment...if that's possible.

I agree, Where do you start? As always here in the LOS, its all about a short term gain and a long term <deleted>, the <deleted>  has begun, so they blame the tourist. What are these tour operators children and grand children going to inherit apart from <deleted> up reefs that their greedy family raped for money! ? 

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8 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

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

Or just maybe they will try to bribe them to get in. I mean, without a ticket you seem to be alright killing. If you have bought one you can´t carry a rifle, right? :cheesy:

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12 hours ago, JAG said:

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

yes start with giving somchai some rules to obey, do not make them to difficult mai kauwchai mak mak

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Of course there is no way tourists could get to any of these sites, if they weren't transported there by locals, keen to make money.  That is where the problem lies, and where curtailment must begin.

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Thai fisherman destroy far more than poorly guided tourist. To them the Andaman is their personal dump site. Oil change no problem, dump it on the beach. Throw the garbage out before returning to shore. Drag the nets over the coral reef when snaged cut it loose. Drag the anchor over the coral reef until it bites then work it free when you are ready to leave. 

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10 minutes ago, Cabradelmar said:

There is plenty of ignorance on both sides. Tourists and Thai. 

Agreed. But, the ability to make effective changes is entirely within the power of the Thai authorities.

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16 hours ago, JAG said:

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

Now that would require planning and forethought...

Som Tam anyone...

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It's all dead and gone anyway. Let em have at it.

 

It's not just idiot tourists. Dive boat operators and baby divers worst offenders.

 

Even the Marine ecosystem in the most remote parts of Indonesia is on borrowed time.

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3 hours ago, flyingdoc said:

Of course there is no way tourists could get to any of these sites, if they weren't transported there by locals, keen to make money.  That is where the problem lies, and where curtailment must begin.

Yes, the drama and fake news.

 

It could all end tomorrow, couldn't it?

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Dam foreigners again ruining Thailand.  Nothing to do with thais making money by encouraging foreigners and selling trips or the polution caused by thai boats.  Nope its foreigners

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