Free event aims to protect Phuket’s sea life

Posted on October 4, 2011

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The Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) and the Thailand Diving Association (TDA) have combined to organise a three-day project aimed at raising awareness of environmental conservation issues among tour companies and tourists.

The project, titled “Save Nature @ Phuket” will run from during October 28 to 30 (Friday to Sunday) at the Phuket Aquarium on Cape Panwa.

TAT Phuket office director Bangornrat Shinaprayoon explained that the aim of the project is to help tourism companies carry on their business with more consideration for the environment.

She explained that climate change and human activities had caused damage to coral reefs and other marine resources along the Andaman Sea coast. Everyone, she said, should take part in ensuring that the use of such attractions is sustainable.

On the first day, from 9am to midday, there will be a free seminar (in Thai and English) about sustainable tourism at the Aquarium. Speakers will be from the TAT, the PMBC, Sirinart Marine National Park and the TDA.

From 3pm there will be a discussion about the dive industry in Phuket.

The following morning, starting at 7.30am, the TDA has invited young people and the media to join a reef clean-up at Koh Hey, with the team returning with the largest weight of rubbish earning a “special prize”, said Ms Bangornrat. The clean-up will end back at the PMBC at about midday.

A discussion about conservation activities in Phuket, starting at 3pm, will be followed by a music show at 4.30pm.

Events on October 30 will begin at 3pm with a discussion about developing a good understanding of the environment among tourists. This will be followed at 4.30 pm by another music performance.

The three-day event is free and open to the public. However, those wanting to join the reef clean-up must book a place either by calling the TDA at 076-417063 or by emailing the TAT. Participants must have a minimum of an open water diving certificate.

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