Data Collection and Research
Our Data Collection and Research Programme aims to monitor the state of the local sea turtle population and the environment on which the rely. The research currently focuses on evaluating local foraging population dynamics, sea turtle growth rates, sea turtle movement within Mida creek and sea turtle nesting behaviour.
Accurate and proper data collection ensures that the data has integrity for scientific research purposes and to inform sensible conservation and management decisions.
Analysis of the data collected from our By Catch Net Release and Nest Protection programmes have shown encouraging signs of recovery of the sea turtle population in the Watamu area. Through our tagging programme we are sometimes even able to check up on how previous patients of our Rehabilitation Centre are doing.
With a recent increase in the number of cases of fibropapillomatosis in turtles in Watamu, research into this area has become one of our priorities. All the fibropapillomatosis cases in Watamu so far have been reported in Green sea turtles only. Long term research into fibropapillomatosis will help us to understand the pattern of spread of the disease and some of the factors that may be contributing to its growth in Watamu.
It is our vision to be one of the leading turtle research centres and we encourage the involvement of graduate and post graduate students in our research to ensure that we are educating future marine conservationists while addressing some of the research questions relating to sea turtle biology and conservation.
How can you help?
We desperately need more funding to help us further our research. Why not hold a fundraiser for us?