Sea Turtle conservation initiatives in Tanzania

Published on by Boniventure Mchomvu

Sea Turtle conservation initiatives in Tanzania

Ex-sea turtle poachers now leading sea turtle conservation through nests monitoring and reporting all related illegalities along Tanzania coast. They conduct daily patrol to collect and recording all coastal and marine conservation related issues including illegal fishing, beach erosion, stranded marine animals, nesting turtles etc.

All these initiated by Sea Sense (NGO) that works closely with coastal communities in Tanzania to conserve and protect endangered marine species including sea turtles, dugongs, whales, dolphins and whale sharks. These species, together with their habitats face a very uncertain future, mostly as a result of human activities in the coastal zone. Their continued survival is implicitly linked with the protection of the wider coastal and marine ecosystem and the wellbeing of coastal peoples.

Through training, education and employment Sea Sense is changing attitudes towards conservation. Many coastal communities are participating in marine conservation initiatives and becoming aware of the need to conserve Tanzania’s rich natural heritage for future generations.

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