Turtle Watch Camp at Batu Batu -- Annual Report 2017
In 2017, Turtle Watch Camp at Batu Batu Resort received 7588 eggs from 9 islands, resulting in the release of 4543 sea turtle hatchlings. The hatch rate was 60.8% which was an increase of 13.1% and 12.8% from 2016 and 2015 respectively.
A total of 5 nests were found poached from Turtle Beach and 5 turtles were washed up dead on our beaches, from boat strikes. Our marine survey showed that Junior Reef is composed of 59% live coral, 10.07% dead coral, with the remaining 39.14% comprised of sponges, gorgonians and substrate. A pilot coral restoration study was started to create a coral nursery at The Pipes and Turtle Bay. Over the course of the year, 238 bags of marine debris were removed during beach and underwater clean-up events with the help of guest and staff volunteers.
Our educational activities continued with the development of two new presentations and various interactive activities for guests and staff. After the third year of operation, the Conservation Team continue to find turtle nests lost to poaching and adult turtle fatalities due to boat strikes in the region.
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