S Hotels and Resorts partners with Thailand Marine Discovery Center for vulnerable bamboo shark conservation

The global hotel company – S Hotels and Resorts – has collaborated with the Phuket Marine Biological Center and the Marine Discovery Center shark protection program in the Phi Phi Islands of Thailand.

The important new partnership to raise, feed and release bamboo sharks will be led by resident marine biologists at the Phi Phi Phi Island Village Marine Discovery Center, as part of the company’s long-term commitment for the protection of the environment.

The Phuket Marine Biology Center will entrust the safekeeping of bamboo shark eggs to the Marine Discovery Center in the village of SAii Phi Phi Island.

The new SOS (Save Our Sharks) program will see S Hotels & Resorts work hand in hand with PMBC experts. Together, they will oversee every step of bamboo shark development, from egg incubation and rearing at the complex’s shark nursery pond, to the release of juveniles into their natural environment.

This is the latest in a series of campaigns led by the Marine Discovery Center, an innovative facility that serves as the hub for the environmental efforts of SAii Phi Phi Island Village. This interactive hub houses indoor and outdoor exhibition areas, video rooms, and aquariums, presenting a fascinating window into the underwater world and driving key projects such as coral propagation, mangrove planting, and conservation programs. reproduction and release for native fauna.

Dirk De Cuyper, Managing Director of S Hotels & Resorts, said “We are proud to join forces with the Phuket Marine Biological Center on this vital project. Bamboo sharks are classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), so the SOS program will play a crucial role in saving a key species. This is part of our company’s commitment to the planet, which is guided by our support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG14, “Life Under Water”, which focuses on on the oceans, seas and rivers of the world.

“Our marine discovery centers at SAii Phi Phi Island Village and SAii Lagoon Maldives play a crucial role in preserving their underwater ecosystems and protecting wildlife. Led by resident marine biologists, they also educate our guests and local residents of our communities about the importance of conservation. We are eager to cooperate with our friends and colleagues at PMBC to save bamboo sharks in southern Thailand.

Dr Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, director of the Phuket Marine Biology Center, added that “our center has trusted in Singha Estate’s capabilities and expertise in terms of marine life conservation given the company’s experiences in past projects. In addition, the company has employed many marine scientists and personnel from the Marine Discovery Center, who have the capacity to care for bamboo shark eggs until they become juveniles.

S Hotels & Resorts and Singha Estate have collaborated on many successful marine conservation campaigns. The “Phi Phi Is Changing” project aims to solve the problem of coral bleaching, while the “Toh Wai Wai” helps release clownfish, propagate corals and plant mangroves in Hat Noppharat National Park Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi. Additionally, a new partnership with Kasetsart University uses drones to monitor and photograph the region’s coral reefs. Earlier this year, the Marine Discovery Center in the village of SAii Phi Phi Island rescued and rehabilitated an injured bamboo shark and lionfish.

In the Maldives, coral propagation efforts by the team at the Marine Discovery Center at SAii Lagoon Maldives have resulted in a tenfold increase in the local reef and the return of hawksbill turtles, scalloped hammerhead sharks and large beveled fish to the region. region. A gravid olive ridley sea turtle was also found nesting on the beach in 2020 – the first recorded sighting of this species nesting in the Maldives.

S Hotels & Resorts is committed to abolishing single-use plastic, reducing waste, recycling water and advocating the use of sustainable and biodegradable products. With so many initiatives underway, it’s no surprise that the group has won several awards, including the title “Green Leadership” at the Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards 2020. SAii Phi Phi Island Village was the “Marine & Nature” winner Of the Tourism Authority. of Thailand (TAT) UK Responsible Thailand Awards 2020, while Santiburi Koh Samui received the “Gold Level” of the Green Hotel Award 2020 – 2021 – the only resort in Samui to achieve this level out of more than 100 properties that applied.

For more information on S Hotels & Resorts, visit www.shotelsresorts.com

Top of the image: the Marine Discovery Center will feed the bamboo sharks in its shark nursery pond, before releasing them into their natural environment; image center: The Phuket Marine Biology Center will entrust the safekeeping of bamboo shark eggs to the Marine Discovery Center in the village of SAii Phi Phi Island; Image above: S Hotels & Resorts Marine Discovery Centers are interactive centers that aim to educate guests and local residents on the importance of conservation

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