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Maya Bay compromise: “We’ll meet halfway”

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The scientists say Maya Bay must remain closed until it has recovered from the rampant tourist ‘love’ and protective walkways and new landing piers can be constructed on the other side of Koh Phi Phi Ley. Tour operators say they’re going to suffer with the loss of the region’s most popular tourist attraction from their daily schedules.

Krabi tourism stakeholders, affected by the closure of Maya Bay, are meeting tomorrow to discuss the next move.

According to Rong Phukaoluan, president of the Krabi Hotel Association, the tourism operators are ready to meet the conservation authority halfway.

“Instead of closing May Bay all year round, we want the authority to consider allowing tourists to the bay during the peak season and close it in April,” said Rong.

The peak season lasts from November until February, he said. Usually during the high season, Rong added, 60,000 hotel rooms in Krabi receive visitors. Each year the province welcomes as many as 5 million visitors.

Closing the bay would not only affect tour operators in Krabi but also in Phuket, said Rong. The bay, which is part of Had Nopparat Tara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi, is halfway between the two provinces.

And the bay receives as many as 600 speedboats from the two provinces combined daily, he said.

In Krabi there are about 60,000 rooms, but in Phuket there are many hundreds of thousands, he said.

Rong said Chinese tour groups often book a night at Phuket before going to Maya Bay. However, Phuket’s tourism this year looks even grimmer than Krabi, considering the Maya Bay closure, the recent boat tragedy and an unpleasant incident at the airport, he said.

The boat tragedy, which happened off Phuket Island, claimed 47 lives, mainly Chinese tourists, while the airport incident involved an airport guard, who slapped a Chinese tourist.

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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.”

Watch the video HERE.

Maya Bay recovering says marine biologist | News by The Thaiger

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Leatherback turtles face extinction

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by Pratch Rujivanarom

It may be too late to save leatherback turtles from extinction in Thailand’s seas, as a legal deadlock prevents a conservation status upgrade to protect this critically endangered turtle species and three other rare marine animals.

Wildlife conservationists are warning that the slow pace of stepping up the conservation of the leatherback turtle, whale shark, Bryde’s whale and Omura’s whale to preserved status would eventually cause the inevitable extinction of leatherback turtles in Thailand. They were speaking at a public seminar by the Sarakadee Magazine and Seub Nakhasathien Foundation yesterday.

The director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, said of the four endangered species, the fate of the leatherback turtles was now of most concern, as there had been no reports of finding new nests of the rare sea turtle species in Thailand since 2013 and its extinction in the wild was predicted to occur within the next few years.

Kongkiat said that the leatherback turtle was a protected wildlife species under the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, which protected it from poaching and being in private possession, unless legally registered with the appropriate permission from the responsible agencies.

However, he said protected status was not enough to raise public awareness about preserving this critically endangered species of sea turtle and to prevent them becoming extinct from Thailand.

“Despite there not being much difference in conservation measures between protected wildlife and preserved wildlife, the public perception between these two categories is totally different, as people tend to give more concern to animals in the preserved wildlife list, because that is the status for nearly extinct animals,” he said.

He called for the conservation status of this turtle species to be stepped up urgently, bearing in mind its current precarious status in the wild, the fact there had been no new leatherback turtles’ nest found for more than four years and the increasing threat to their survival from dangers such as marine plastic waste.

“The categorising of Thailand’s wildlife conservation status of protected animals and preserved animals complies with the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, as species listed as vulnerable are eligible to be listed as protected animals, while the animals with the IUCN status of endangered or higher can be included in preserved wildlife list,” Kongkiat added.

“The leatherback turtle is now listed as critically endangered by the IUCN and in Thailand its population is now less than one per cent of what it was six decades ago, while its nesting report ratio has also dropped from three nests per year 20 years ago to only 1.5 nests per year this decade.”

Earlier this month the nomination of four endangered marine animals to be included in the preserved wildlife list was turned down after the Council of State highlighted a legal deadlock in the Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act.

This might result in rights violations of the private owners of leatherback turtle carcasses, if these four rare marine animals are successfully registered as preserved animals.

This is because every case of private possession of living preserved animals or their carcasses is illegal, while according to Fisheries Department, there were at least 12 registered private collectors of leatherback turtle carcasses.

Leatherback turtles face extinction | News by The Thaiger

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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.

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