Nearly 700 tourists, local leaders and residents on Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang participated in the Dugong Festival 2015 to raise awareness of the protection of Dugong and endangered marine creature (Source :dantri)

HCM City (VNA) – Nearly 700 tourists, local leaders and residents on Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang participated in the Dugong Festival 2015 to raise awareness about the protection of Dugong and endangered marine creatures.

The annual event featured a parade from the People's Committee of Ham Ninh commune to Ham Ninh harbour, a popular tourist attraction on the island. 

After the parade, around 200 secondary school students who are members of six marine conservation clubs on Phu Quoc island took part Dugong sand sculpture and photo contests and a game show on marine conservation. 

Each club created a life-size model of a Dugong on the Beach and displayed photos taken by the students this year.

The activity was part of the project titled "Conservation of Dugong and Biodiversity of Phu Quoc and Tho Chu Islands" implemented since 2013 by the non-profit organisation Wildlife At Risk and the Phu Quoc Marine Protected Area.

Dubbed the “Pearl” island in the southern sea, Phu Quoc has a 150-kilometre long coastline and beautiful beaches.-VNA