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Eco Assault ???? Really ???   The faux outrage is, well, outrageous....     By all means protect nature, the seas, the corals etc... but do so equally. Fine those polluting the oceans,

When  I see the Daily assault that many, many Thais put upon their own Eco System, with their Commercial Scale Trash burning, Toxic Waste dumping, disrespect for the Environment as a whole, and the Au

I'll stick to muff diving

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16 hours ago, ChipButty said:

Thats a bit over the top, obviously fining them was not enough

sure, a small fine and than these fine gentlemen laugh their heads off and ridicule these "stupid Thai officials". They would take it as a badge of honor to get a fine.

a fine hardly will deter ppl from doing this. so yes, revoking visa is a clear signal. if you cant behave, go be a bad boy in yr own country. 😉

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And yet the Thai dive masters who do this are let go with barely a warning.  I'd hate to think of how much damage was done by masses of tourists snorkeling around Thailand.  Walking on the corals, dropping anchors, waste, etc.

 

https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-divers-blasted-for-coral-damage-65075.php

Phuket divers blasted for coral damage

PHUKET: A Facebook conservation group (Go Eco Phuket) has blasted dive tour operators for damage to coral reefs at Koh Racha Yai, saying that a surge in dive tour numbers is a reason for the increasing amount of damage.

 

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4 minutes ago, Jeffr2 said:

And yet the Thai dive masters who do this are let go with barely a warning.  I'd hate to think of how much damage was done by masses of tourists snorkeling around Thailand.  Walking on the corals, dropping anchors, waste, etc.

 

https://www.thephuketnews.com/phuket-divers-blasted-for-coral-damage-65075.php

Phuket divers blasted for coral damage

PHUKET: A Facebook conservation group (Go Eco Phuket) has blasted dive tour operators for damage to coral reefs at Koh Racha Yai, saying that a surge in dive tour numbers is a reason for the increasing amount of damage.

 

Right or wrong aside, if you compare actions of 2020 to something that happened 3 years ago you are literally living in the past.

Despite all the bad examples, in the last few years Thailand has woken up and there are a lot more discussions and actions about the protection of the environment (and yes, of course there is a lot more to be done). So punishment from 3 years ago clearly should not be the benchmark when judging if this ruling is harsh or not.

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11 minutes ago, huberthammer said:

Right or wrong aside, if you compare actions of 2020 to something that happened 3 years ago you are literally living in the past.

Despite all the bad examples, in the last few years Thailand has woken up and there are a lot more discussions and actions about the protection of the environment (and yes, of course there is a lot more to be done). So punishment from 3 years ago clearly should not be the benchmark when judging if this ruling is harsh or not.

I've not seen changes like you suggest over the past few years.  Trash is all over the seas, fishing trawlers are still dragging the bottom.  Last year, hundreds of boats went out with scuba divers who walked all over corals.

 

3 years ago isn't that far.  And I was trying to say that the local dive guides/divers didn't get into the same amount of trouble as the farang ones.

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15 hours ago, ChipButty said:

I'll stick to muff diving

as long as you don't touch the wildlife,
and if you inadvertently do, go to see a doctor for a protective jab.
some creatures down there can be very stingy or sticky.
dive into this one and you may not need a doctor 😉
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