Work is set to begin this October on a new facility dedicated to the protection and conservation of Phuket’s endangered sea turtles, which face multiple threats from commercial fishing, consuming or becoming entangled in ocean litter and being hit by speedboats.
Saturday 29th March 2014, saw Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa hold a press conference to announce details of the project which is to be called the Marine Turtle Shelter & Education Centre. In attendance at the press conference were distinguished VIP’s including Phuket Vice Governor – Jamroen Tippayyapongthada, representatives of the organizations involved in the project and media from Bangkok & Phuket.
Due to open during Songkran 2015, the Marine Turtle Shelter & Education Centre will be located at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on land donated by the resort and its owning company Minor Corporation for the project, It will be the first resort in Asia-Pacific to have such a facility situated on site. Resort guests and the general public will be able to see and interact with the turtles including being able to feed them, clean their tanks and learn about their lifecycle, as well as help clean the bach and plant coral in the area.
At the press conference, JW Marriott Phuket’s newly appointed General Manager said “I am very happy to be here for this exciting press conference.
“Marriott international have a powerful commitment to the global environment and the local communities in which we do business. Building a Marriott property brings with it key social economic drivers and impacts on the local environment, which we manage proactively and positively.
“As JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa continues to be the leaders in environmental stewardship we have been actively developing an integrated coastal management plan with our environmental partners.
“JW Marriott Phuket & the Minor Corporation are donating the land to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation for the Marine Turtle Shelter & Education Centre and together with its partner the PMBC we are confident that this will help sustain the ecological future of Marine turtles by building a dedicated turtle Shelter for 4 injured marine sea turtles that need a home.
“I look forward to an exciting year ahead and welcoming the injured turtles to their new home, and welcoming you to the for the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation turtle release on Songkran day on April 13th 2014, or to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Fun Run on the 14th September this year.”
To see more photos from this great event please visit: http://events.phuketindex.com/turtle-shelter-and-education-centre-2550.html