Saturday, 23 Jan 2021
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) has started a campaign to release as many as 60,000 turtle hatchlings into the sea over a period of three months in Ras al Hadd in South Sharqiyah.

MECA launches campaign to release 60,000 turtle hatchlings into the sea

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Mohammed bin Amer al Hajri, director basic for Environmental Affairs in South Sharqiyah, stated, “MECA has launched the campaign to release turtle hatchlings into the sea in the period from October 1 to December.”

The campaign is an annual occasion, Hajri stated, adding that the initial a single was carried out in 2013. October to January is the period when turtle eggs hatch.

“In 2013, we released 64,095 turtles into the sea, 59,183 in 2014 and 60,468 in 2017. We are aiming to release more than 60,000 turtles this year.”

The campaign aims to involve the nearby neighborhood in guarding the marine atmosphere, guarding turtle hatchlings and returning them to the sea, and advertising this culture amongst young individuals. The campaign is attended by college students, civil and volunteer teams and other people interested in social and environmental perform.

Speaking of the challenges the creatures face, he stated, “The strong light on beaches pose a major threat to the nesting of turtles. Fishing gear also put turtles in danger while they also have to survive predatory fish and birds. We urge residents and fishermen to preserve turtles because many visitors and tourists come to the region, thus contributing to the national economy.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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