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Plastic piles up in Thailand as pandemic efforts sideline pollution fight

Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags that Bangkok office worker Nicha Singhanoi hoped would cut back the waste that puts her country among the world’s top five choking the oceans with plastic. Then the coronavirus pandemic forced school closures and authorities told people to stay home, and far from falling, Bangkok’s plastic waste has soared 62% in volume in April, as more people opt for food and goods to be delivered to homes.

“There is so much bubble wrap and product packaging, or bags and containers from food deliveries,” said Nicha, 27, an avid online shopper, who said that working from home deprived her of the time to cook.

Even if the pandemic eases, environmentalists fear Thailand is simply a pointer for the situation elsewhere in Southeast Asia, h...

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Greatest number of leatherback sea turtles nest on Thailand’s beaches

Leatherback turtle hatchling makes it way to the sea

This time of year, beaches are usually flooded with people celebrating the warming weather. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, beaches around the world are the emptiest they’ve ever been — when it comes to humans, that is. And in Phuket, Thailand, rare leatherback sea turtles have been taking advantage of the tourist-free beaches, and are nesting at unprecedented rates.

According to Reuters, local authorities have found 11 leatherback sea turtle nests on Phuket beaches since November. Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center, said this is the greatest number of leatherback sea turtle nests that Thailand’s beaches have seen in 20 years.

“This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans,” Kittiwatanawong told...

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Turtles, sharks return to Thai coasts in absence of tourists

Leatherback turtle lays eggs on Phuket's Nai Thon Beach

Rare sea turtles and reef sharks are some of the endangered species that have been sighted in recent weeks off the coast of Thailand, where beaches have been emptied of tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although experts warn that the pandemic may also have a negative impact on marine life. In early April, Thailand, which had close to 40 million tourists last year, closed its borders to the arrival of foreign visitors.

“With the pandemic, human activities have reduced. Businesses have closed and motor boat operations for tourists have stopped. This translates to fewer factors disrupting the life of animals. Now, they can go out to look for food more peacefully,” Teeranai Phetsom, a marine biologist operating in several natural parks along the west coast, told Efe news.

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New marine centre opens on Phi Phi Island

Marine Discovery Centre, Phi Phi Island

Amid mounting concern surrounding of environmental damage on Thai islands frequented by tourists, Singha Estate in May opened a Marine Discovery Centre at the Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort to raise awareness about the importance of marine biodiversity and conservation.

The Marine Discovery Centre houses four zones – the Shark Room, the Phi Phi Islands Room, the Clownfish Room and the Auditorium – and offers visitors interactive displays with educational material about unique marine species endemic to the region.

The new environmental attraction will also be a base for the re-introduction of clownfish, as well as breeding bamboo sharks and replanting coral reefs.

The company is also collaborating with national park officials, local communities and the Faculty of Fisheries at Kaset...

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Chumpon, Koh Tao, Thailand

Chumpon Dive Site
Koh Tao
Thailand

Date of Dive 27/05/17
Time: 11:00 hrs
Bottom Time: 40 – 50 minutes

Sea pinnacle, horse mackerel bank, croaker, anemones, mere, bat fishes, giant crabs and squids.

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Shark Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand

Shark Bay
Koh Tao
Thailand
Date: 26/05/17
Time: 12:00 hrs
Bottom time: 40 – 50 mins

Gobi, brain corals, lobster

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Shark Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand

Coral banded Sea snake free swimming

Shark Bay
Koh Tao
Thailand
26/05/17
Bottom Time: 40 – 50 minutes

Small reef sharks, Sea snake

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White Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand

Clown Crossbow fish in Thailand

White Beach
Koh Tao
Dive 25/05/17 – 14:00 hrs
Bottom time: 50 – 60 minutes

Angel fish, Crossbow fish, Morena, Dog fish, Parrot fish, Sergent fish

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Hunting for deadly sea snakes

Snake fishing in Thailand

Each month, fishermen in the Gulf of Thailand risk their lives harvesting live sea snakes. It’s risky for both parties: the snakes are in danger of being over-harvested and the fishermen could get bitten. Scientists are now calling for a monitoring programme to assess the impact the on-going trade will have on their population numbers and to look how it affects the ecosystem. A team reports in the journal Conservation Biology that fishermen have noticed a decline in their population since 2009. The researchers now want to understand if this is due to overfishing or other factors like pollution.

The fishermen fish for squid with nets and hooks, and at the same time pick up hundreds of deadly sea snakes. The snakes have particularly potent venoms, which can be lethal...

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Princess Divers

Princess divers shop

Princess Divers was established on Phi Phi Island in 2001, Princess Divers was set up to offer the guests of Phi Phi Princess Resort and its sister resort Phi Phi Charlie Beach Resort the ultimate scuba diving experience whilst visiting the Phi Phi Islands. Due to our exceptional high diving standards and our dedicated group of experienced multilingual dive staff, our reputation now attracts customers from all over Phi Phi Island and the surrounding area looking for the best in scuba diving standards and customer service.

We opened our second Dive Centre on the nearby Island of Koh Mook in 2003 offering guests visiting the Islands of Trang province the same level of safety and enjoyment already on offer to people visiting Phi Phi Island.

Sadly in December 2004, Phi Phi Island was struck...

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