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The wondrous Marsa Alam is giving us yet another reason to fall hopelessly in love with it. Marsa Alam’s Governor, Major General Ahmed Abdallah, announced an upcoming ban of plastic bags, following Hurghada which is expected to be plastic free by the end of July. This decision definitely comes in favour of the coastal town, and will probably pique the interest of international tour operators, not to mention boost the town’s chances of climbing up the classification of ecotourism and marine conservation.

Abdalla added that fines and penalties won’t be imposed effective immediately, but instead will begin in August and will be proportional to the offense. Any facility that doesn’t abide by the official ban could face the possibility of being shut down. The ban will protect wildlife –– especially endangered species –– from suffocation or drowning due to ingestion of plastic waste. This ban is not limited to food shops, but rather covers any other store or shop, in addition to plastic disposable tableware used in homes, too.

Source: Egypt Independent