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Governor Maitree (centre, yellow shirt) joins yesterday's turtle release

Phuket Resort to Build Shelter for Injured Phuket Turtles

Monday, April 14, 2014
PHUKET: Governor Maitree Intrusud joined the annual turtle release at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa yesterday - with bigger things coming up.

Work is set to begin this October on a new facility dedicated to the protection and conservation of Phuket's endangered sea turtles.

The creatures face multiple threats from commercial fishing, consuming or becoming entangled in ocean litter and being hit by speedboats.

The Marine Turtle Shelter and Education Centre will be open about Songkran next year, and its aim is to halt the retreat of turtles from the region and to save the ones that need special help.

The centre will be at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa on land donated by the resort and its owning company, Minor Corporation, for the project.

The Marriott will be the first resort in the Asia-Pacific to have such a facility situated on site.

Resort guests and the public will be able to see and interact with the turtles, including being able to feed them, clean their tanks and learn about their life cycle, as well as help clean the beach and plant coral in the area.

Construction of the facility will begin as soon as the water system plans and Green Energy power system are completed, and the design and concept are finalised.

JW Marriott Phuket's newly appointed General Manager, Oriol Montal, says: ''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 and Education Centre and together with its partner the Phuket Marine Biological Centre we are confident that this will help sustain the ecological future of turtles by building a dedicated turtle Shelter for 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 to the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Fun Run on September 14 this year.''


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This is truly a great idea and small steps towards saving our precious planet. On the island of Koh Tao the divers association work together with the government there to have a yearly dive to clean out all the trash that accumulates in the ocean. Because of the recent bad press about the divers association and possible corruption, this would be a great time to work with the divers association to help with this project to clean up area by area with the govenors office, starting with the new turtle protection area. The building of new coral reefs using leftover building parts,striped stoves, refrigerators, cars or whatever to design awesome diving reefs for future diving parks would be a great idea. Maybe involve the public for recycled reef ideas and gatherings.

Posted by Macko on April 21, 2014 12:33

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