go-eco-phuket, thailand, ecotourism, sustainable dive business, sustainable tourism, ecotravel, ocean activist, ocean cleanupPHUKET/BANGKOK, Thailand – Go Eco Phuket, a collective of eco-aware scuba divers, diving shops, and businesses from Phuket once again joined forces with groups and individuals from the public and private sectors to organize one of Thailand’s largest coastal and reef clean-ups.

Organized in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and aimed at promoting responsible and eco-aware tourism, the third Go Eco Phuket took place on August 3, 2014, as a massive cooperative clean-up of the bays and reefs around the islands of Racha Yai and Racha Noi.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “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 among the many people and businesses that makes their living in the region’s tourist

 

Over 650 divers and Beach Cleaners

The Go Eco Phuket clean-up activity was first organised in September 2012 when over 650 divers and beach cleaners took part in removing around 15 tonnes of rubbish, including a massive discarded fishing net that weighed over 4.5 tonnes alone. There was a second clean-up of the reefs and bays a year ago in August 2013.

Now in its third year, the clean-up attracted more than 500 divers and beach cleaners to remove at least 1,000 kilogrammes of rubbish and debris from some of the reefs and bays around Phuket.

Divers removed rubbish and harmful substances from the islands’ reefs while beachcombers collected from the beaches and shores. The day ended with the sorting of all collected rubbish to be recycled where possible.