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‘Protection of turtles shared responsibility of all nations’

‘Protection of turtles shared responsibility of all nations’

The Emirates Nature-WWF and its partners Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Marine Research Foundation (MRF) revealed the groundbreaking outcomes of their ongoing analysis on the Gulf Green Turtle Conservation Project.

The findings are a initial-of-a-sort in the Arabian Sea area. Over the previous century, green turtle populations have decreased by an overwhelming 50-70 per cent worldwide. Turtles in this area have grow to be incredibly vulnerable due to growing incidental captures in fishing nets, coastal improvement impacting habitats, and the lengthy-term effect of marine pollution and climate modify.

In collaboration with EAD, Emirates Nature-WWF has effectively tagged a total of 36 turtles utilizing satellite transmitters, not too long ago 3 of these had been tracked from their feeding grounds off Bu Tinah Island, Abu Dhabi, and to Oman exactly where they mated, nested, and discovered their way back house to Bu Tinah Island.

The Ras al Hadd sanctuary in Oman is the favourite nesting web site for green turtles in the Indian Ocean, hosting more than 80 per cent of all green turtles nesting in the area. Just final year, a green turtle tagged in Oman 21 years ago returned to nest at Ras al Hadd beach. The turtle was tagged on August 21, 1997. The protection and conservation of turtles is of paramount significance in the marine ecosystem and for societal effectively-becoming, as it safeguards numerous other species, supports ecosystems and neighborhood industries, the study stated.

Jimena Rodriguez, manager of Gulf Green Turtle Conservation Project, stated, “Being long-living animals, turtles are indicators of the status of the marine environment and require long-term strategies that can benefit other animals, habitats, and human well-being. By recording a complete migration loop, we were able to better understand green turtles ecological and conservation needs, and the importance of the UAE as being a critical feeding site. By protecting turtles, we can contribute to greater conservation wins and marine stability in the UAE and the region.”

One of the tracked turtles left Bu Tinah Island in April of 2018 and returned house on December 19, following a perilous eight-month journey. She travelled upwards in the UAE, via Iran, then down south to the coast of Oman, exactly where she mated and nested in the vicinity of Ras al Hadd. Following her voyage, she retraced the exact same route and returned to the shores of Bu Tinah Island inside a month, exactly where she has because remained.

The findings of the study had been released on World Turtle Day, marked each and every year on May 23.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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