Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa will stage the 4th Mai Khao Turtle Release on March 29, 2013. This important annual event is organized to raise funds and awareness for the plight of Phuket’s critically endangered sea turtles.
Supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the Royal Thai Navy, the event sees the release of rehabilitated green turtles back into the Andaman Sea. It takes place on beautiful Mai Khao Beach in front of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s Main Pool. Local officials, Phuket residents and resort staff enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and light refreshments and get to witness the rewarding sight of the turtles entering their natural habitat.
The wonderful work done by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation (founded by JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa), the Injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program (under the Phuket Marine Biological Center) and the Turtle Hatchery Program (under the Royal Thai Navy) is possible thanks to ongoing financial support from the Phuket community, as well as donations by guests at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Marriott’s Phuket Beach Club, Marriott’s Mai Khao Beach, Anantara Phuket Villas and Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa.
Everybody is invited to help with the protection of the area’s endangered turtle population. Financial donations are much appreciated, as are people’s attendance at the 4th Mai Khao Turtle Release on March 29, 2013. Every THB2,500 raised pays for the rehabilitation of one turtle and its release back into the Andaman Sea.
This year the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation is marking its 11th anniversary with the construction of an exciting new turtle educational centre onsite at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa. In cooperation with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Phuket Marine Biology Center (PMBC), Department of Fisheries and SEEK Phuket, this project includes a turtle rehabilitation pool to help Phuket’s injured turtles. Initially it will be home to four injured adult turtles. The facility will also encourage environmental and marine stewardship education through its design and programs, including a nursery area for baby turtles.
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s General Manager Tony Pedroni – who is chairman of the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation – welcomed the staging of the 4th Mai Khao Turtle Release as a sign of the ongoing efforts to preserve Mai Khao’s environment.
Phuket’s sea turtles face multiple threats and their numbers have severely depleted in recent years. Commercial fishing kills thousands of them every year. Many more die from eating or becoming trapped in plastic debris littering the ocean, not to mention entanglement in fishing nets and being hit by speedboats.
For more information about the foundation, please contact Khun Kittipan, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Coordinator, via email email@example.com or call +6689-733-8830.