JDP-7769

The only dive centre in existance in the Mergui Archipelago has recently ceased all operations in the area. The dive centre was located on McCloud Island, close to Frog Rock in the southern part of the Archipelago and had been running operations there since 2006. The centre was fairly successful under german management. A staff member of Extra Divers, Indonesia reported to us yesterday that negotiations between the owners of the resort and the dive centre have broken down. Thailand Dive & Sail had been trying to get in touch with this dive centre in our efforts to seek partners for our Mergui based charity projects. The closure of the dive centre is seen as a blow to the region and further indication of the Burmese government’s lack of vision in promoting and protecting this vunerable area.