The youngest fishermen yet to participate in our Bycatch Release Programme rescue a very special turtle
Amos (13) and his younger brother, Elvis (12), went out fishing in Mida Creek this morning and came across a small hawksbill turtle trapped in the roots of the mangroves. The two boys rushed over to help the poor animal fearing that they may already be too late. They quickly set about trying to free the turtle and found to their relief that it was still alive.
What they didn’t know however, was that the turtle they had so bravely rescued, has a very special story.
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.
World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated each year on the 5th of June to raise global awareness in taking positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.
Two months of nothing to do. Nothing except sit on the sofa, drink tea and be totally and utterly bored. This is what I had to look forward to for my long Christmas holiday, but instead of accepting this I decided that I needed a project. This is where Watamu Turtle Watch comes in!
Phanice Anindo - LOT's Newest Intern
Phanice Anindo - LOT's Newest Intern
Describe yourself ...
I am a 24 year old Kenyan lady, very social and hardworking. I love making friends and I like learning new things. I have had an interest in animals since I was young and that has directed me to choose a course in Wildlife Management so I can contribute to their welfare and management.
12,000 turtle releases and counting, new nests on the beach and educating the next generation.
As we get into the month of February we are pleased to share with you the positive start we have had to the year.
We started the year in great spirits after conducting the 12,000th release of our By Catch Release Programme in December 2014. We were so grateful to the many supporters and friends who were in Watamu and joined us on such short notice to mark this special occasion.
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.
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.
All the info on the 2nd quater of the year.
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.
Thanks for the great fundraising efforts
Eglisau Secondary School in Switzerland have chosen Local Ocean Trust to be one of the beneficiaries of their Easter Charity Run.
They have done amazingly well and have raised the funds for us to replace our Turtle Rescue and Release Car.