On 19th November 2013 at the Meeting Room of Phuket Rajabhat University, Phuket Vice Governor – Sommai Preechasil presided over a training project “1st Go-Eco Camp Phuket”. Taking part in the project was Khun Santi Pawai – Director of the Phuket Office of Tourism and Sports along with a number of other participants.
Khun Santi said “Waste from developments along the coast and marine transportation are problems that Go-Eco Phuket, an eco group run by various Phuket business operators, are trying there hardest to clear from Phuket’s waters. Their first project, 30th September 2012, which saw a total of 750, 200 from Thailand and 550from all over the world, going into the sea to remove garbage, was the largest of its kind. The result of this activity saw close to 7.5 tons of garbage removed from the sea. A second similar event was held on 13th August 2013 and this saw more than 1000 divers participate, 350 Thais and 650 foreigners.”
He added “These events will be ongoing, but in 2 years time we want to see more Thai people volunteering than foreigners. A project organized by a club called “Go-Eco Camp Phuket” is trying to awaken local people to see the relevance of taking care of marine tourism, one of the main incomes for Phuket. It is essential these people are taught about Phuket’s marine environment, the laws of the sea, rescue and first aid by teaching swimming and PADI diving courses, which are of the global standard.”