Phuket tourism operators clean up coast
A group of tourism operators in Phuket have joined forces to clean up the island’s coast.
The ‘Go Eco Phuket’ team comprised scuba divers, diving shops and other local businesses, who teamed up with other groups and individuals for one of Thailand’s largest ever coast and reef clean-ups.
The event, which took place on 3 August 2014, saw teams clean-up of the bays and reefs around the islands of Racha Yai and Racha Noi.
“This high-profile cleaning of the reefs and bays of these lovely islands will not only help to return Racha Yai and Racha Noi to their natural pristine states, but will also help promote an ethos of responsible travel and tourism,” said Thawatchai Arunyik, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
This year’s clean-up marked the third annual Go Eco Phuket event. The first was organised in September 2012 when over 650 divers and beach cleaners removed 15 tonnes of rubbish, including a huge discarded fishing net that weighed more than 4.5 tonnes. A second clean-up was organised in August 2013.
This year’s event is estimated to have removed at least 1,000kg of rubbish and debris from some of the reefs and bays around Phuket.