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  • Education Programme 2nd Quarter Update

    Education Programme 2nd Quarter Update

    The LOT education programme is a great way for students to learn about the marine environment. University students on internships with us, those seeking work experience or those doing their Duke of Edinburgh award have been tremendously inspired and have gained skills relevant to their course. We are very proud of the students who spend time with us at the project and understand the need to conserve our oceans and proceed to create awareness back at school.

  • Nesting Programme 2nd Quarter Update

    Nesting Programme 2nd Quarter Update

    The weather has been very cool in Watamu and the tides just perfect for nesting turtles. It is the low season and the SE monsoon winds have deposited sea weed and all things trash on Watamu beach. Not to be deterred the nesting females have made 24 nests this quarter.

  • Jipe Moyo Community Conservation Group

    Jipe Moyo Community Conservation Group

    This group was established in 1997 with the aim of conserving the mangrove forest adjacent to their village, Dongo Kundu. The group comprises of men and women whose activities and source of livelihoods include fishing, trading, farming and other small businesses.

  • A Day in the Life of an Eco Visitor

    A Day in the Life of an Eco Visitor

    It’s 9.00am, your first day as an Eco Visitor at Local Ocean Trust. You’re jet lagged and wondering how you will ever adjust to Kenya’s steaming humidity, no time to worry though as you head off along a bumpy village track in the project’s van to rescue a turtle. She’s healthy and you are able to release her from the beach. You watch her find the water and disappear with hardly a splash back to the ocean. She is free and where she belongs thanks to you.

  • 11,000 Turtle Releases

    11,000 Turtle Releases

    On Monday 7th July we successfully completed our 11,000th turtle release through our by catch net release programme. Through this programme we work closely with around 350 fishermen who contact us when they have accidently caught a turtle in their fishing gear.

  • The End Of The Line - 5 Years On

    In 2009 The End Of The Line documentary was launched. They presented the hard hitting prediction that our oceans could be empty by 2048, that's not very long away! What would the knock on devastation to the rest of the world be if we ran out of fish?

Watamu Turtle Watch and Local Ocean Trust

Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources.

Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endagered sea turtles.


Business Hours

If you've found a turtle or a nest please call +254 713 990823
You can contact our office on +254 713 759627
Our centre is open to visitors:
Mon 14.00 - 16.00
Tues - Fri 09.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00
Sat 09.30 - 12.00
Sun - closed

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