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Maya Bay coral “far from ready”

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by Pratch Rujivanrom

The corals at Maya Bay are not strong enough yet to withstand the influx of visitors. This latest from the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) explaining reasons for the indefinite closure of the bay.

Though the iconic tourist attraction in Krabi’s Had Nopparat Tara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park has been off limits for four months to facilitate coral reef restoration, there have been only slight signs of coral recovery, according to the assessment of experts at the site. The experts said that this was because of the decades of damage inflicted on the coral reefs at Maya Bay by tourism activities, so the reefs needed more time to recover and gain enough strength to endure the impact of tourism before the bay could be reopened.

DNP’s National Parks Office director Songtam Suksawang said evaluation of the coral reef restoration efforts at Maya Bay found very little improvement in the condition of the reefs and the ratio of dead corals to living corals was still more than two to one. “The coral reefs at Maya Bay can be divided into three sections: the first section at the shallow reef flat on the North of the beach, the second section at the shallow reef flat on the beachfront, and the third section at the deep water reef at the edge of the bay,” Songtam said.

“None of these reefs showed a satisfactory recovery rate. Our study found that all three reefs in Maya Bay have a coral growth rate less than 1 per cent compared to before the bay closure period.”

According to the DNP’s latest coral reef survey at Maya Bay, it was found that the first section of the reef to the North of the beach had the highest number of living corals at 19.93 per cent, a 0.65 per cent increase after the coral restoration operation was undertaken.

Suphaphon Prempree, the head of the coral reef restoration operation, explained the higher living coral proportion there compared to other sections to lesser impacts from boat traffic and tourist activities.

The second section at the beachfront is still the most damaged area of Maya coral reefs. Only 2.83 per cent of corals in this area are alive, because this section of the reefs had received the most impact from tourism activities, but this area also has the highest increase compared to before the operation at 0.93 per cent.

In the third section of the reef at the edge of the bay, the number of living corals has increased by 0.18 per cent, the lowest recovery rate compared to other parts, making the current proportion of living corals in this area 16 per cent.

Looking at the current condition of Maya Bay’s coral reefs, Supaphon concluded that the resilience and ability of the reefs to recover naturally are still too low to allow the reopening of the bay to tourists.

“The recovery rate of the coral reefs will gradually increase over time, if we leave the reefs alone to let them rest and naturally recover themselves,” she said. “Considering the rate of restoration and the level of damage the reefs have suffered, I am sure Maya Bay’s coral reefs can be restored to their former beauty by just letting nature heal itself, but this will require decades of limiting human activities in the bay area.”

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Krabi residents say no to dolomite mine

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Over a hundred residents in Krabi province have staged a rally against an attempt to operate a dolomite mine in their community.

(Dolomite is used for acid neutralisation in the chemical industry, in stream restoration projects, and as a soil conditioner. Dolomite is used as a source of magnesia, a feed additive for livestock, a sintering agent and flux in metal processing, and as an ingredient in the production of glass, bricks, and ceramics – google.com)

The residents of Moo 3 in Tambon Din Daeng of Lamtab district gathered in front of Phlu mountain near their village to oppose the project. They demanded that the Department of Primary Industries and Mines review the project.

A mining company has sought concession to operate a dolomite mine in the area from the department and the project is now in the process of public hearings.

The residents, however, don’t want to see the project in operation in their community as they are worried about the impacts of the mining activity. Some 500 families live in the community and up to 1, 000 families in the nearby areas could be affected, they claimed.

The residents say they had already decided to pursue culture-based tourism, as auspicious white elephants were once discovered in the area. They claim Krabi province has already chosen their community and nearby areas for its eco-tourism efforts, because of their innovative way of life. The mining operations, hence, would go against the eco-tourism effort, they argued.

The villagers are now collecting signatures to support their campaign and would submit the list to those concerned.

STORY: The Nation

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Evidence of Maya Bay recovery

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Blacktip reef sharks have been spotted at the recovering Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley today.

This morning official at the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park reported that many Blacktip reef sharks were discovered swimming just off the beach in Maya Bay. They said it was a good sign of the improving biological system.

The famous bay remains closed indefinitely after an initial four months closure which has now been extended. Environment and marine officers say the Bay needs a lot more time to recover from the years of tourist ravage.

VIDEO: DNP/Newshawk Phuket

MAYA BAYBlacktip reef sharks were spotted at the recovering Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley today. This morning official at the Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park reported that many Blacktip reef sharks were discovered swimming just off the beach in Maya Bay. They said it was a good sign of the improving biological system.VIDEO: DNP/Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Krabi rock-climber succumbs to injuries

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The Thaiger has been contacted by one of the family of Dr. Priel Schmalbach, who was enjoying a rock climbing vacation in Krabi with his wife when he fell from a cliff on Wednesday this week. He was rushed to Krabi Hospital. She has informed us that Dr. Schmalbach has succumbed to his injuries. She asked us to pass on this message.

“The care and hospitality we have received from the people of Krabi has been exceptional. We are very thankful for such treatment during this tragic time. ”

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The Krabi Governor has has instructed care-givers and hospital staff to provide good care for an injured tourist who fell off a cliff at Railey Bay in Krabi.

On Tuesday 34 year old Dr. Priel Schmalbach, who is touring with his American wife, was taken to Krabi Hospital. He was injured after falling during rock-climbing at a cliff in Railey Bay. He was climbing solo at the time.

Krabi Governor Lt Col ML Kittibodee Prawit, along with local officials, paid a visit to the injured am whilst recovering at the hospital and ordered hospital staff members and officials to give the best care possible.

Krabi Governor Lt Col ML Kittibodee says, “Krabi is a popular destination for foreign adventure tourists with many activities.”

UPDATE: Krabi rock-climber succumbs to injuries | News by The Thaiger UPDATE: Krabi rock-climber succumbs to injuries | News by The Thaiger

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