27 May '16, 5pm

10 Popular Dive Sites Closed in Thailand Due to Coral Bleaching Crisis

10 Popular Dive Sites Closed in Thailand Due to Coral Bleaching Crisis

“The problem is that we have damaged our marine resources for a long time,” Thon Thamrongnawasawat, deputy dean of fisheries at Kasetsart University in Bangkok and a leading advocate of marine conservation, told the New York Times . “If we want it to recover, we must use strong medicine. I am not proposing to close all islands. But we have to start thinking about the plan to tackle the increasing number of tourists.” Photo credit: The University of Queensland While the popular diving sites and island are closed, officials will inspect them to determine if tourists will be allowed back by peak tourism season, which begins in November. “Where we see there is still a crisis, we will have to keep the area and reefs preserved,” Reungsak told The Guardian. Coral bleaching is primarily caused by warming waters . When corals come under environmental stress, they shed the algae tha...

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