Making a Change for Tomorrow
Watamu Young Fishermen group is a registered self-help group with 40 members. The majority of members are between 18 and 30 years old and have had very little formal education to make them competent in the job market. They turn to fishing as an alternative source of income and food for their families. What they lack in formal education they make up for in the extensive knowledge they have about the ocean.
A Success Story from our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
Glen is a juvenile Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). This species is considered to be critically endangered worldwide according to the IUCN Red List.
Glen came to us through our By Catch Release Programme. Although he had been caught in a net, our Field Officers quickly noticed a deep wound on the top of the turtle's head. They brought Glen straight back to our Turtle Rehabilitation Centre for treatment.
The next generation of marine conservationists!
As the year draws to an end, so too does this year’s Marine Scout Programme. To conclude the hard work of our Local Ocean Marine Scouts, we invited their parents to the project for an end of year celebration.
All the Marine Scouts arrived at the project at 4pm with their parents. They looked really smart in their uniforms and their faces shone with excitement as they love their time at LOT.
The turtle that we just can't stop talking about!
We’ve had over 11,000 sea turtle releases since we started our turtle by-catch program. Over the years, we have seen so many turtles with interesting and unique body features. A few weeks ago, we came across a juvenile turtle unlike any other we have ever rescued and released. This was because the turtle had a combination of physical characteristics which suggest that the turtle may have been a cross between a green and hawksbill turtle.
The happy story of young Hawksbill
Sasha is a young Hawksbill turtle that came into our rehabilitation centre tangled in discarded fishing nets. This video tells her story.
A quick stop in our Rehabilitation Centre and then back to the ocean!
This Hawksbill Turtle has spent the last 36 hours in our Rehabilitation Centre. The turtle was covered in barnacles, it's underside was the worst affected but they were also on the top of the carapace, head and flippers. We kept the turtle in fresh water to loosen the barnacles and then gave it a good clean up before setting it free from a beautifully sunny Watamu beach today.
Young Hawksbill Recovering from Ghost Net Injuries
This young Hawksbill Turtle is the second 'ghost net' victim to be admitted to our Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre within a week. This video shows it enjoying some prawns in the tank.
Another Victim of Ghost Nets
This Hawksbill turtle was found by one of our nest monitors, Lewa, on his early morning beach patrol. The turtle was tangled in a large amount of discarded fishing nets. The nets had also entangled a sack which was full of sand and a substantially sized branch. This totalled nearly 3kg of weight for the turtle to drag around.
11,158 turtle releases and counting ....
We love being able to share with you the special moment when we are able to release turtles back to the ocean. It's an everyday occurence for us here at Local Ocean Trust but that doesn't make it any less of a magical experience every time. This recent release from Watamu beach on a lovely sunny day was a juvenille Hawksbill turtle. This is a critically endangered species and each one we are able to release back into the ocean makes a huge difference in reduce the decline of Hawksbill turtle populations.
Check out this video of our 11,158th release!
First Day of Service
Today the dream became a reality and the new car went out for its first day on the job and didn't have much time to rest as 9 turtes needed our help. Amazingly the first turtle that needed to be rescued was none other than three flippered Captain Hook.
All the info on the 2nd quater of the year.
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.
A fantastic local group with conservation at heart!
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.
Have you ever wondered what's it's like to be 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.
A huge milestone for our project!
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.
Green turtle saved by local vet
A stunning green turtle with fibropapillomatosis tumours, rescued, rehabilitated and released!