Hatchery and Sea Turtle Monitoring Project

 

Project Summary

Each sea turtle species play several important roles in marine ecosystems affecting the diversity, habitat and functionality of its environment. They help to maintain the health of oceans whether by grazing on seagrasses, controlling sponge distribution coral reefs, feasting on jellyfish, transporting nutrients or supporting other marine life with food and habitat (Wilson et al., Oceana).

Four of the seven species of marine turtles occur in Malaysia - Hawksbill, Green, Leatherback and Olive Ridley - but unfortunately, the survival of these animals is threatened. Some species like the Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles are on the verge of extinction, while other species struggle to survive in the face of continued exploitation and other anthropogenic threats.

In Southeast Asia the sea turtles have been used for decades in many different ways, but in Malaysia their utilisation is traditionally centred on egg exploitation which is one of the major causes of population decline. Additionally, the commercial hunting and slaughtering of turtles for their meat or other products in neighbouring countries can impact local populations since marine turtles are highly migratory. Fishing industry, marine pollution and the loss of the nesting beaches is also severely impacting the survival of adult populations in the wild (Chan, 2006).

More recently, marine turtles have been used to promote tourism in a non-consumptive way increasing the country’s revenue while helping to protect these charismatic creatures. Batu Batu Resort at Pulau Tengah, Johor, was the first tourism company on the State to invest on the conservation of the endangered Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) and the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys Imbricata) that come every year to lay their eggs on the island.

In 2015, the resort in collaboration with the Marine Park and Fisheries Department officially created the conservation project “Turtle Watch Camp” that has been running for three years. Besides the turtle conservation, the project has extended his efforts to monitor and protect the marine habitat, mainly the coral reefs surrounding Pulau Tengah.

Project Scope

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Results as of August 2018

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Hatchery and Sea Turtle Monitoring Project in our 2017 Annual Report.

 
 

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