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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:

September 2012

End Date:

November 2012

Details:

Laguna Phuket, together with Banyan Tree Global Foundation, supported Renovation of the Disabled Turtle Shelter at Phuket Marine Biological Centre. The original structure was weak and cement had been stripped away from the posts from years of cliff side wind, sun, and rain. Construction work was completed in November 2012 and cost 340,509 Baht. The new roof structure has enabled Phuket Marine Biological Centre to increase the shelter's capacity from 20 to 40 disabled turtles.