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Tour operators boycott visits to Similan and Surin islands to protest new restrictions

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The tour operators have had enough of the winding back of tour boat operations and are now resorting to boycotting and ‘disrupting’ the tours in order to get their protests heard.

About 50 tour operators in Phuket and Phang nga say they’re suspending boat trips to Similan-Surin islands in the Andaman sea (off the coast of Phang-Nga) today and tomorrow to protest against the decision of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation to limit the number of visitors to the islands to 3,850 a day. The number also includes 525 scuba divers.

Thai PBS reports that the limitation of visitors comes into force today after the two main islands re-opened to tourists after several months of closure during the monsoon season.

Besides the limitation of visitors, overnight stay-overs are not permitted.

Tour operators met yesterday in Ban Tap Lamu in Thai Muang district of Phang nga to discuss the new restrictions which they say they oppose.

They say their objections are because the restrictions would affect their business and that they’ve already accepted advance bookings to tour the islands before the department issued its new restrictions.

They say they will take their tourists to other tourist attractions Monday and Tuesday this week while awaiting response from the department.

Tour operators have been notified of the reopening of the two islands for visitors and the restrictions and to get themselves prepared with their vessels being properly checked to ensure their sea worthiness and equipped with enough life vests for their passengers.

The PM’s Office Minister Kobsak Putrakul, who was in Phang nga over the weekend, received the tour operators’ complaint and promised to bring it to the attention of the department chief.

SOURCE: Thai PBS



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New tsunami warning buoy installed off Phuket

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A tsunami-warning buoy, valued at 12 million baht, is to be installed off the coast of Phuket, to replace the one that had been broken two years ago. It replaces one that hasn’t been working for 18 months. Two buoys were originally placed several hundred kilometres offshore in the original tsunami warning system following the 2004 Boxing Day tragedy.

The buoy, on board the MV SEAFDEC that departed Phuket yesterday afternoon, is being installed 290 kilometres off the Phuket coast.

This buoy will replace the one that stopped transmitting signals after a passing ship crashed into it, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chayapol Thitisak said before the MV SEAFDEC was sent on its mission.

Watch Tim Newton’s report about the tsunami warning bouys HERE.

Thailand has two tsunami-warning buoys, one located 290 kilometres northwest to Phuket/Phang Nga coast and another located 190 kilometres away, he said.

Once both buoys are operational, along with the international network of tsunami-warning systems in the Indian and Pacific oceans, Thailand will be able to get tsunami warnings well in time, he added.

Chayapol said this expensive buoy will be protected from accidents by bright signs and will be marked in all shipping route maps.

He emphasised that Thailand’s tsunami-warning system was of international standards.

“We also have more than 2,000 disaster warning towers along the coast. These are sufficient,” he said.“

“In case Thailand is hit by another tsunami the public should follow warnings from government agencies and not panic.”

The authorities learned that the previous buoy had stopped sending signals since October 2017, National Disaster Warning Centre director-general Suppapimit Paorik said.

“After the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami devastated many countries, including Thailand, and killed as many as 230,000 people, the Thai authorities have been working to improve the Kingdom’s preparedness and relief measuresNew tsunami warning buoy installed off Phuket | News by The Thaiger.”

 

SOURCE: The Nation

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Big leatherback sea turtle rescued after getting stuck in fishing net – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: ReReef / กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่าและพันธุ์พืช / เฟสบุ๊คไต๋มิ ธนากร

A big leatherback sea turtle has been rescued by fishermen after getting stuck in fishing nets in Phang Nga last night.

A Phang Nga fishermen rescued the big leatherback sea turtle that was stuck in fishing netting off Phang Nga coast near Khao Na Yak in the Khao Lampi-Hat Thai Mueang Nation Park. The turtle was freed and then released back to the sea.

In another really positive sign for the future of the leatherback sea turtle population in the region, 112 sea turtle eggs were found at Kuek Kak Beach in Khao Lak, Phang Nga last week and also more in last month.

Thanks to the fishermen!

Read more about the latest batch of sea turtle eggs found along the coast HERE.

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Pod of more than 10 dolphins spotted off Phuket – VIDEO

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A pod of more than ten dolphins was spotted off Phuket yesterday.

Khun Nigorn Garari, who recorded the videos says, “My friends and I were heading from Tab Lamu Pier in Phang Nga at about 1pm yesterday. When we were near Laem Pakarang, which is at the north of Phuket, we saw lots of dolphins. I counted more than 10 of them in the pod.”

“We were very happy to see them. Some of them have swum along with our long tail boat. They followed us for about an hour. The Andaman Sea is very beautiful.”

PHUKETA pod of dolphins somewhere off the northern Phuket coast.VIDEO ยศ กระจก – อลูมิเนียม

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