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Maya Bay recovering says marine biologist

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Marine biologist Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat says Maya Bay is starting to recover after many Blacktip reef sharks were found swimming around yesterday.

Dr Thon has commented on a video showing the Blacktip reef sharks found swimming near the shores of Maya Bay yesterday, “I have seen them about 2-3 times in the past week that I have been there. This time almost 20 of them have been sighted. It is means that the recovery plan is working.”

“Blacktip reef sharks are important to the biological system. They are predators which help control the numbers and kinds of fishes near coral reefs. Weak fish are being eliminated by the Blacktip reef sharks.”

“During this period of climate change the world environment is quickly changing. A good biological system is very important to handle natural disasters such as Coral Bleaching.”

“Blacktip reef sharks are important, not only for Maya Bay or Koh Phi Phi, but also important for the health of coral reefs nearby.”

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Maya Bay’s extended closure “vital to conserve the ecology”

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Worapot Lomlim, chief of the Hat Nopparatthara-Phi-Phi Islands national park has confirmed that he might keep Maya Bay closed for up to five years to allow the current recovery to continue.

The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has agreed to extend the closure of Ao Maya, or Maya Bay, located on one of the Phi Phi islands between Krabi and Phuket, for another six month period after an initial 10 month closure to allow nature to regenerate the ecosystem.

The Chief reports that the local ecological systems of Maya Bay, degraded by years of accelerating tourist traffic, has steadily improved during the current closure. Up to 5,000 tourists a day were visiting Maya Bay at its peak before authorities weighed up the pressures of the conservationists and tour operators and decided it was best to close the popular tourist attraction for an extended period

He cited the frequent sightings of blacktip reef sharks near the beach and the gradual growth of some 23,000 corals farmed at a coral centre in Trang province, which were planted in the Bay with the help of volunteer divers.

After the next six-month extended closure, Khon Worapot indicated that the department will consider extending the closure for an even longer period, up to 4-5 years, to allow full rehabilitation of the environment and the ecological system.

Maya Bay was closed to all tourist access on June 1, 2018.

Maya Bay's extended closure

Up to 5,000 tourists a day were visiting the Bay at its peak

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Suspect arrested for sexually assaulting British tourist on Koh Phi Phi

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A man has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a British tourist on Koh Phi Phi.

Police spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen says that the Thai suspect’s name is Trairat Changsanan, a local ferry worker who was arrested yesterday.

He has been accused of sexually assaulting the 21 year old British tourist on Koh Phi Phi Don on April 15. She was travelling around Koh Phi Phi Don alone.

According to police reports, the British tourist, named as ‘Megan Penny’ met with an Irish male tourist and ended up drunk falling asleep on the floor of a local restaurant near their accomodation.

The suspect saw the female tourist, used a cutting tool to cut the her jean-shorts and removed her bikini. He allegedly sexually assaulted her and asked her to have sex with him. She pushed him away from her before she reported the incident to police.

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Maya Bay to be closed for up to five years

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Maya Bay’s beach, closed last year to allow coral restoration and beach recovery, could remain closed to visitors for many years. Maya Bay is located in the Phi Phi islands between Krabi and Phuket.

The famous Koh Phi Phi Ley beach needs time for its ecology to fully recover years of tourist abuse, this according to the Phi Phi national park chief Vorapot Lomlim as reported in Khaosod English.

“Maya Bay must continue to be closed until nature has fully recovered. We expect it will take four to five years.”

“Since Maya was closed off nearly a year ago, sea creatures like reef sharks and ghost crabs have returned to the island.”

He also reported that 23,000 corals have been planted by marine officials since the closure last year.
Maya Bay was closed to tourist on June 1 last year. The Bay first became famous as part of the setting for the 2000 film ‘The Beach’ starring Leonardo Di Caprio. That fame would lead to a surge in tourists and a rapacious local tourist industry that ramped up the numbers of tours to cater for the international popularity.
At its peak Maya Bay, the south’s most popular attraction, was receiving up to 5-6,000 tourists a day. Unwittingly, the tourists were trampling the beach and surrounding areas whilst the boats delivering them to the famous beach were throwing anchors over the side, destroying the natural coral.

Initially the national park chiefs closed off Maya Bay access for a period of three months  but it soon became apparent that the fragile bay was going to need a lot longer to recover. Officials reported that up to 50 percent of the Bay’s coral was dead.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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