Thailand closes dive sites
Thailand has closed a range of popular dive sites to halt the affects of coral bleaching, local media has reported. More than a dozen dive sites in the southern provinces of Phang Nga, Trang, Satun, including areas of the popular Similan Islands National Park, were closed on Friday and will be off-limits for at least a month.
“We will give the coral reefs time to recover naturally,” The Nation newspaper reported Sunan Arunnopparat, Director-General of Thailand’s National Parks, Wildlife & Plant Conservation Department, as saying.
The move has not gone down well with tourism operators however, who argued that better education of environmental protection would be more effective than a ban on tourists.