Marine turtles in Thailand - Chelonidae.
You will focus on turtle monitoring in order to evaluate nesting activity; on mangrove restoration and on reef survey. We find and protect nests of Leatherbacks, Olive Ridleys and Green turtles. Our greatest success is the elimination of egg poaching by local people. Some turtles, which were caught accidentally in fishing nets, were donated to the project. The devastating 2004-tsunami washed away much of what was achieved previously, including a complete functional base with facilities. After the tsunami, the tsunami impact on the mangrove forest was evaluated and money was raised to help local people. A new library for the schoolchildren was built, equipment for the school was bought and a teacher was employed, who has been teaching conservation and English. A mangrove cleaning campaign was conducted and restoration activities mainly by planting new trees started. The reef was surveyed and results are now been analysed. Next in 2007 we focussed on nest monitoring, on observations of juvenile turtle feeding behaviour and on interviewing fishermen. As a scientific and conservation group we want to continue concentrating our effort towards nature, but we feel that the presence of tsunami relief programmes are changing the island and the community into a new reality. Your joining this season will be crucial even more so than before, helping us manually and bringing your skills and knowledge with a small economical contribution to cover some expenses of the project.
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Marine turtles in Thailand, Chelonidae. News from 2002 - 2006.