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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:

2 April 2012

End Date:

4 April 2012

Details:

Laguna Phuket organized a Sea Turtle Awareness Raising Activity for 40 children of associates during the 2nd Laguna Phuket Kids Summer Camp from 2-4 April 2012. The campers visited Phuket Marine Biological Center to learn about the plight of sea turtles and local conservation efforts. They enjoyed hands on experience scrubbing moss of disabled turtles’ backs and inside their tubs, a daily task for PMBC team.

In addition to releasing 20 juvenile green sea turtles, the campers also had the privilege of releasing one equipped with a satellite tracking device. The device was earlier removed from one of the previously released turtles at the 18th Sea Turtle Release Ceremony. That turtle had come ashore in Phang Nga just days after its release, and was treated for intestinal obstruction from having swallowed plastic garbage.