Sea turtle populations will receive the help of two luxury resort brands that are aiming to protect sea turtles as they become increasingly vulnerable to objects such as ghost nets.
Coco Collection have officially partnered with the Olive Ridley Project to develop centres to protect sea turtle populations, and Oberoi has announced that 2015 will be the year of the turtle at Oberoi Bali.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) classes the olive ridley turtle as a Vulnerable species.
The Oberoi Bali created a turtle hatchery and sanctuary in 2013 and so far has assisted in the protection and creation of more than 2000 baby turtles and their release back into the wild.
Olive ridley turtles lay their eggs between May and October each year. During this period, the turtle eggs are moved from a 500 metre beach frontage of the Oberoi Bali to a sandy beach safety zone and upon hatching 60 days later, to a purpose built saltwater holding tank until the baby turtles reach two weeks of age, ensuring them the safest start possible. Female turtles return to the same beach to lay their eggs each year, giving the new offspring a good chance at receiving protection by the hotel again each year.
During 2015, guests will have the opportunity to witness the beauty of the egg laying and hatching process first hand.
And this year Coco collection will also partner with the Olive Ridley Project to establish turtle rescue centres.
The first of the rescue centres will be located at the Maldives resort, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. Hotel guests will have the opportunity to donate funds for the worthy rescue centre by purchasing an olive ridley turtle to for US$28, or by donating directly. Once established, activities such as snorkelling sessions, educational workshops and excursions to look at the effects of ghost nets will be offered to hotel guests.
The Coco Bodu Hithi will also collaborate in a similar way in the future.
“I am beyond excited that Coco Collection is now an official partner of the Olive Ridley Project! With the continuous support of our eager guests and hardworking associates, this is a great opportunity for us to get more exposure for the detrimental effects of ghost nets on marine life and continue raising awareness to actively fight against it. We have received tremendous support from both guests and associates who have donated to the cause by purchasing the turtle toys and I am positively looking forward for the next step in this journey,” said Coco Collection’s Resident Marine Biologist Chiara Fumagalli.