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Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation hosts The 10th Mai Khao Marine Turtles Release Ceremony 2019


In celebration of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun’s 67th birthday anniversary (Rama X).  The Mai Khao Marine Turtles Foundation in collaboration with JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and its partners will be hosting the 10th annual Mai Khao Marine Turtles Release Ceremony, which will be taking place on 27 July, from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s beachfront.

The event is supported by the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).   Mr. Phakaphong Tavipatana, Phuket Governor together with Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, General Manager of JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa; Dr. Pinsak Suraswadi, Deputy DG of Department of Marine and Coastal Resources and representatives from its business partners will be guests of honour and be part of this auspicious celebration.

Taking place on the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa’s beachfront, the 10th Mai Khao Marine Turtles release ceremony will see 40 new batches of rehabilitated 1-year-old green turtles introduced their natural life in the Andaman Sea, where they belong. Sea turtles represent longevity in Thai culture and releasing animals to nature is believed to bring good luck to the participant.

Phuket residents and hotel guests are invited to join what promises to be a fun, family-oriented and inspirational experience. In doing so they will be helping to protect the area’s endangered turtle population.

Every THB 5,000 through donations and additional money raised during the event will go towards supporting the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and its partners: the Phuket Marine Biological Centre’s injured Turtle Rehabilitation Program and the Third Naval Area Command’s Turtle Hatchery Program.