Marine turtles are loved by many, but sadly their very existence is under threat due to the increasing pressures human activities are having on their environments, from habitat loss to unintentional capture in fisheries.
The Marine Turtle Conservation Project was launched in 2010 by Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) to better understand the conservation needs of the turtles in the Gulf. This project is now in its third year and during the 2012 nesting season has tagged 31 turtles from across 3 countries.
Focusing its attention on the critically endangered Hawksbill (IUCN Red Listed), the project will in total monitor up to 75 post-nesting female turtles from the region using satellite tracking. Turtles depend on coastal habitats, including coral reefs for feeding and beaches for nesting, and this project will help in identifying important migratory routes and foraging grounds in the region.
This April, three members of the Turtle Team travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA to attend the annual International Sea Turtle Sympoium, now in its 34th year. This conference brings together the world’s leading scientists and researchers to share data, present work and to discuss the next importance steps for global marine turtle conservation.
As this year’s conference was held in the southern USA, there was a large representation...
As the Marine Turtle Conservation Project comes to a close after nearly 4 years of work, it was time for project partners and stakeholders to gather in Dubai, UAE for EWS-WWF to present the project findings, such as the discovery of key foraging sites and migration routes, and facilitate discussion for the next steps in regional turtle conservation.
Our Turtle Team just got back from an exciting trip, visiting some important turtle feeding grounds in the waters of Abu Dhabi, identified from the previous years of turtle tracking data. They did this in order to find out why turtles swim in these areas, what they eat and what their feeding habits are.
With the help of our partners, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, the sites...