Maya Bay, greatest recognized to film goers because the shoot location of 2000’s The Seashore, is to be briefly closed resulting from extreme vacationer numbers.
The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was a field workplace smash upon its launch on the flip of the millennium, inspiring hundreds of tourists to see the seaside for themselves.
Discovered on the Thai island of Ko Phi Phi Leh, Maya Bay has now turn into so common that native authorities have determined to shut it down for 3 months within the low-season, between June and September.
Lengthy tail wood boats at Maya Bay, Thailand (Getty Photos/iStock/vuk8691)
As much as 5,000 guests journey to Maya Bay every day by boat, from locations equivalent to Krabit and Phuket, themselves swelling with vacationers. Tourism to Thailand has grown virtually yr on yr during the last decade and customer numbers surpassed 35 million in 2017. It accounts for an enormous proportion of the nation’s GDP and is predicted to develop additional within the coming years, inserting larger stress on delicate pure areas and ecosystems.
Excessive numbers of vacationers pose quite a few threats to coral environments in line with Jean-Luc Solandt, principal specialist of Marine Protected Areas. Chatting with The Unbiased, he gave some examples of the injury vacationers can do.
“It has been confirmed that the merchandise from [sun cream] can slough off your physique and kill corals,” he stated.
He added that “vacationers are each unaware of the injury they will trigger by touching corals, and grabbing them, and likewise are typically extra clumsy than skilled divers.”
Some consultants assume a extra everlasting resolution than a three-month closure is required.
“Non permanent closures may also help to a sure extent. However a great resolution is a everlasting closure, which isn’t attainable resulting from our reliance on tourism income,” Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine ecologist at Kasetsart College in Bangkok,