Coral bleaching in Thailand: Coral 'needs years' to recover #environment

The Marine and Coastal Resources Department is pressing ahead with a plan to close 10 popular diving sites in five provinces to limit the impact of tourism on severely damaged coral. The sites attract about one million tourists a year, and could be closed for up to 14 months. But diving operators say tourism is but one cause of the bleaching phenomemon, and if the diving sites are closed for as long as proposed, taxpayer help may be needed to keep some companies alive. "Diving companies are being singled out for blame, when the main cause is a warming of sea temperatures," said one disgruntled company head. Some coral reefs may need several years to recover, not just a matter of months, they say. Veteran marine biologist Thorn Thanrongnawasawat said closing the coral reefs will give the coral time to recover, but more permanent solutions are still needed. He said man-made ...

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