Following large public debate and speculation the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have decided to tighten things up when it comes to tourist activities on three southern islands here in the Kingdom, those being Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha-ngan in an effort to conserve and rehabilitate the environment there.
Yesterday a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as well as all related government agencies and businesses, including tourism operators in the areas such as the tourism promotion association and the fisherman’s association.
The signing of the memorandum was overseen by the head of the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry Gen. Surasak Karnjanarat and the head of the Tourism and Sports Ministry Weerasak Kowsurat among other officials.
As a result of the memorandum all tourism-related businesses and fisherman must now not carry out activities which could be considered harmful to the environment.
Now outlawed people will no longer be allowed to feed fish in the sea and the sale of food to be fed to fish has now also been prohibited.
All existing regulations will also be tightened up and more strictly policed.
With ever increasing numbers of tourists flocking to the popular islands each year the tighter rules over environmental protection are seen as a vital step to protect the islands natural beauty and wildlife.
Source: Thai PBS
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