Ang Thong Marine Park a candidate for heritage list
Ang Thong National Marine Park east of Koh Phangan island looks likely to be included on the Asean Heritage Site list in November.
Park director Piya Noonin said on Friday, September 13th 2019, the 42 small islands in Surat Thani boast significant biodiversity.
That, as well as good conservation management, including technology-assisted “smart patrols” on sea and land, puts the Ang Thong marine park in prime position for heritage recognition, he said.
Wichai Somroop, director of Marine and Coastal Resource Management Office 5, has meanwhile hailed the success of public-private joint efforts to reduce garbage that affects marine resources.
Convenience stores on tourist magnets Koh Samui and Koh Tao have reduced their use of plastic bags and Koh Phangan has a total ban on them, he said.
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources has also revived coral reefs as nurseries for sea creatures and is actively discouraging tourists and divers from getting too close to marine wildlife, Wichai said.
Measures have been in place since last December to protect Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao islands, such as prohibitions on tourist boats dropping anchors and dumping wastewater or garbage into the sea.
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