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Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Sea Turtle Conservation Program

Laguna Phuket has supported sea turtle conservation programs in Phuket since 1994. Our efforts focus on raising funds and awareness in support of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre and 3rd Area Naval Command, Royal Thai Navy, whose ongoing conservation and rehabilitation programs include studies of nesting behavior and tracking and analysis of turtle migration via microchips and satellite tracking devices attached to released turtles.

To date, more than US$ 30,000 (over 1 million Thai Baht) has been raised. Funds have been used to supply food for turtle nurseries, purchase 4 satellite tracking devices for juvenile turtles, and renovate disabled turtle shelter roof structure.

Local conservation programs predominantly include 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 program.

Start Date:

8 March 2012

End Date:

8 March 2012

Details:

Laguna Phuket raised 183,650 Baht via donations for the release of 60 one year old green sea turtles nurtured and monitored by Phuket Marine Biological Center. The ceremony, held at Angsana Laguna Phuket beachfront on 8 March 2012, hosted approximately 500 guests and expatriates. Two juvenile turtles equipped with satellite tracking devices were released and tracked, totaling 4 tracked turtles sponsored by Laguna Phuket to-date.