Footprints on the Reefs of Koh Samui

fisherman tracking their way through the coral reefsGazing thoughtfully out across the blue Gulf of Thailand, as you lounge in your seaside deck chairs of your resort, you may notice fisherman of Koh Samui carefully tracking their way through the coral reefs surrounding this paradise isle. Footprints on the ReefsNow you have been made aware that the coral reefs are sensitive, and a mere footprint will cause the living rock to die. Yet, here before you natives are making their daily rounds to collect fish and squid, oysters and clams for their hungry families.

Tread carefully and swim above the shallowsDo not become disillusioned. There has been fantastic progress made to educate the Samuians of the damage that they are truly unintentionally causing. The cause and the need are not balanced in this delicate situation, therefore making the coral an even more endangered species than the wildlife yearning to survive upon the island of coconuts. So remember that it is up to the millions of tourists that visit yearly to not make the same mistake as a handful of villagers. Enjoy the shorelines, and leave the living corals for those yet to come. Tread carefully dear friends, and swim above the beauty of these shallows.

Fantastic progress has been made to educate the Samuians of the damageA mere footprint will cause the living rock to die

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2 Responses to Footprints on the Reefs of Koh Samui

  1. On Samui says:

    Why do the fishermen and women walk on the reefs? And what is being done to save the corals?

  2. fishermen and women walk on the reefsKoh Samui has an incredibly aware group of government officials, dignitaries of ‘Green’ island living and preservation, as well as an indigenous population that strives to both save and resurrect the coral reefs of Koh Samui. Areas of reefs have been sectioned off to aide in the regrowth of the coral not only on Samui, but also on many of its sister islands. The Green Island Project has been a successful launch to the direction of rehabilitating the island’s marine ecosystem and its natural resources. The fishermen and women have for centuries fished in this manner for survival, and what you see today is no different. As the population is educated and offered alternatives to walking directly on the reefs, the colourful life beneath the waves will once again return to this tropical paradise.

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