Phuket Turtle Shelter & Education Center To Begin Taking Shape

Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation on Friday, January 23 broke ground on the Marine Turtle Shelter & Education Center, a new facility located on-site at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa that will be dedicated to the protection and conservation of Phuket’s endangered sea turtles who face multiple threats from commercial fishing, consuming or becoming entangled in ocean litter and being hit by speedboats.

The groundbreaking honour was given to a group of 20 children and their parents from the Gecko Community School in Thalang, who have been learning about endangered marine species and are on a mission to raise awareness of sustainable marine tourism. The groundbreaking of the new Marine Turtle Shelter & Education Center was the first stop on the children’s ‘Ride for Sustainable Marine Tourism’ activity which then saw them continue on an 85 km journey by bicycle north to JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa.


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