Thailand has banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks.
The Thai Department of Conservation said four ingredients commonly found in sun creams were shown to destroy coral larvae, obstruct coral reproduction and cause reef bleaching.
Anyone using sun lotion in Thailand’s many marine national parks can be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,100). This is in the Royal Gazette, which means it is the law of the land.
However, officials have not said how they plan to enforce the new rule.
The banned lotions are those containing oxybenzone, octinoxate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor or butylparaben. These ingredients are said to destroy coral and cause coral bleaching.