Pure Blue Launches Reef Regeneration Project Off Koh Samui

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Pure Blue Foundation has launched a reef regeneration programme on Hanuman Bay just 50 metres from the shore at Akaryn Samui Resort and Spa.

Last month the Pure Blue Foundation successfully planted 12 new structures among the reef at Akaryn which has been designed to attract and develop new coral species as well as more types of tropical fish. This is part of a process that started with the recent preparation of the seabed.

Akaryn has also enlisted the expertise of two highly experienced marine biologists Mr Sebastien Stradal and Mr Gabriel Bidawid. The pair will spend initially two weeks at Akaryn and take charge of the planting of the module structures and putting in place all development plans in an area 50-metres from the sandy beach of Hanuman Bay a 400-metre stretch protected by granite outcrops.

The initiative is the latest activity by the marine environment group, founded by Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) managing director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn, which owns and operates both Akaryn and Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort and Spa.

"We are thrilled to be bringing our marine conservation work to Koh Samui having worked in Phang Nga for the last few years," said Ms. Kijkanakorn. "It is an ideal location outside our new resort, which comprises of 52 suites and villas in a very private, tranquil location. We feel a deep responsibility to all the destinations in which we operate resorts and this is the latest in a long-term commitment we have made to not only preserving the environment but to nurturing its development for generations to come."

On 1 December 2012, Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga Resort and Spa will launch its latest fundraising activity to generate funds for its turtle conservation project in an evening soiree at its location on Natai Beach at which the latest batch of turtles will be released into the Andaman Sea.

Over the last two years, Pure Blue Foundation has raised THB600,000 releasing over 100 turtles into the wild and will require about the same amount this year to successfully continue its programme that has now been extended to Koh Samui.

The event will feature a surprise guest DJ flown in from Europe as well as a host of interactive culinary demonstrations highlighted by a chocolate theme and liquid nitrogen preparation as well as dance and body painting performances.

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