Laguna Phuket’s 18th Annual Sea Turtle Release Ceremony will take place at the Angsana Laguna Phuket beach front on 8th March 2012 from 4pm – 6.30pm. Witness the release of two turtles equipped with satellite tracking devices. A donation of Baht 2,500 will enable event participants to release a juvenile turtle, available on a first-come-first-served basis. Guests are also invited to participate in arts and crafts projects, game booths, lucky dip, and many more fun activities. All proceeds will be donated to the Phuket Marine Biological Centre and the Third Naval Area Command, Royal Thai Navy, to support ongoing turtle conservation efforts.
Since 1994, over 1 million Thai Baht has been raised and donated to their research program.
The turtle Release programme predominantly includes Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas), Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) and Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricate). Another species found in this region is the Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), but this is now so rare that there is no dedicated programme.
The turtle release event attracts large audiences from the local community and the resort’s international clientele. The initial aim of the project was to release juvenile turtles into the Indian Ocean in the hope of increasing the future number of nesting turtles. As the results have yielded little benefit thus far the research direction has changed to invest more heavily in the tracking research and less in the number of turtles that are released. It is hoped that this knowledge increase will further the efforts for turtle conservation.