Wednesday, 3 Mar 2021
The sultanate joined the rest of world countries last week in marking the World Turtle Day (WTD), which falls on May 23 every year.

Sultanate marks World Turtle Day

This year, WTD was celebrated beneath the theme, ‘Threats to Turtles and How to Protect them’.

The sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, has been active in the conservation and protection of sea turtles and has taken the lead in numerous elements connected to the management of organic sources of sea turtles.

The sultanate took benefit of the scientific and methodological method it adopted because the mid-1970s in an try to assess and know the quantity of sea turtles and locations of reproduction. The ministry continues to conduct research and researches in numerous fields connected to this topic, either by its personal efforts or in collaboration with scientific institutions and researchers.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the turtle nesting in Oman is at threat, and the Hawksbill turtle falls in the extremely critically endangered category.

The sultanate has taken this duty as its coasts are the most crucial amongst the nations of the area for turtle nesting, specifically the Loggerhead turtle, the Green turtle and the Hawksbill turtle. The sultanate was the initial to survey and prepare turtle nesting on its shores and to carry out an ambitious lengthy-term marine turtle numbering programme.

The sultanate has began the numbering programme for turtles because 1977 on the Masirah Island, the turtle sanctuary in Ras al Hadd and in the Damaniyat Islands. The objective of this programme is to know the extent and distribution of sea turtles, their migration and nesting lines, and the price of development and quantity of eggs per season.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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