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.
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...
Our partners in Oman, theEnvironment Society of Oman (ESO), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs , have tagged and currently tracking five more hawksbill turtles, one in 2012 and four in 2013. They have kindly agreed to include this information in the overall analysis of the Marine Turtle Conservation Project, meaning that we now have data from 80 turtles to be used for...