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Six Senses Laamu at the forefront of Sea Turtle Conservation

Six Senses Laamu is committed to keeping turtles in the atoll of Laamu safe and protected, with efforts as small as photographing one for its turtle identification database to larger projects such as working with international NGOs with the same shared mission. Although the resort has been working together with the Olive Ridley Project since 2016, it is proud to announce the establishment of an official partnership.

The Olive Ridley Project is a UK registered charity with the mission of protecting all species of sea turtles, including the Olive Ridley sea turtle for which the organization is named. Olive Ridley sea turtles are rarely seen in Maldives and most encounters occur when they are unfortunately trapped in discarded ghost nets drifting into the country’s waters by ocean currents. The Olive Ridley Project’s important work involves removing ghost nets and other marine debris from the sea, rescuing and rehabilitating injured sea turtles and raising awareness about the dangers of ocean pollution to the livelihood of sea turtles.

The Olive Ridley Project’s national database consists of over 3,000 individual turtles and Six Senses Laamu’s marine biologists have been contributing photo IDs from Laamu Atoll since 2016, while simultaneously building their own database of about 350 individuals. The aim is to study the turtles’ population and reef residency patterns in order to inform significant conservation objectives. Six Senses Laamu also contributes data on the ghost nets found, which the Olive Ridley Project uses to determine the origin of the nets, educate people on the dangers of ghost nets and the importance of preventing them, as well as inform policymakers on net design that is least likely to cause entanglement.

Founder and CEO of the Olive Ridley Project, Martin Stelfox said, "We are excited to partner with Six Senses Laamu as we continue our charitable aims of rescuing sea turtles, combating plastic pollution and raising awareness.”

Six Senses Laamu is located on Olhuveli Island in Laamu Atoll, a nesting beach for Green Turtles. In 2017, the resort hosted eight turtle nests and welcomed over 500 hatchlings into the world. The 2018 nesting season has begun with three nests in the last month and it is expected to welcome its first hatchlings in mid-June 2018.

One main objective of the partnership with the Olive Ridley Project is to create a sanctuary for turtles in Laamu Atoll. Research on feeding in sea grass habitats and nesting in beach habitats on Olhuveli and surrounding islands will complement the existing photo identification work. A sea turtle biologist, Nina Rothe, will be based at the resort to facilitate guest interaction with Six Senses’ resident Green and Hawksbill turtles, both of which are on the endangered species list. Kid’s activities and evening presentations at the resort will inform guests about sea turtle biology, the critical role they play in coral reef ecosystems and the threats they face.

General Manager Marteyne van Well of Six Senses Laamu said, “We are thrilled to formalize the already beneficial relationship we have with Olive Ridley Project and welcome Nina to the team. The great work in sea turtle conservation and plastic pollution they do across the Maldives will be central to achieving our conservation objectives in the Laamu Atoll.”

 

For further information, please contact:

Ali Rifhaan
Marketing Communications Officer
Six Senses Laamu
T +960 6800 800
M +960 791 6897
E [email protected]

Benjawan Sudhikam (Ms.)
Director of Public Relations
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
T +66 2 631 9781
M +66 8 181 38234
E [email protected]

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