Saadiyat Island and Desert islands Turtle Programme, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2008-2009)

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) indicated its intention to develop and establish a comprehensive conservation programme for marine turtles as part of is commitment to the core values of the TDIC, namely environmental sustainability, progressive partnerships, cultural stewardship and enhancement and socio-economic viability. MRF was contracted to further pursue the concepts…

Malaysia Turtle Excluder Devices Project (2007-present)

The greatest threat to sea turtles in Malaysia is accidental capture in commercial and artisanal fisheries. Sea turtles have the unfortunate legacy of sharing habitats with some of our favourite foods, and of all the threats to their existence, the shrimp industry is perhaps the biggest. As shrimp trawl nets roll along the seabed they indiscriminately catch and drown numerous sea turtles. The conservation outlook for turtles has slowly improved thanks to small management changes at national parks, but the threat posed by thousands of shrimp trawlers has remained paramount. And yet a very practical and inexpensive solution exists in the form of Turtle Excluder Devices (or TEDs)

Sulu Sulawesi Seascape Regional Plan of Action (2007)

Turtles are an important component of marine ecosystems, they offer benefits far beyond the tangible, and thus their conservation is a public process, not that of a handful of dedicated individuals. Effective conservation thus requires a widespread awareness campaign, coupled with programmes which provide alternative livelihoods to those affected by conservation activities, supported by quality…

Research and conservation of sea turtles at Mantanani (2006-present)

The general life-cycle of marine turtles is similar among species, but even given the amount of knowledge we presently have about sea turtles, there are some crucial gaps that have the potential to undermine management efforts. Among these is the knowledge of how many turtles join the breeding population in any given year, the period between onshore migration of juveniles to adulthood, and natural sex ratios in the wild. Lack of a clear understanding of any of these can have an effect on how turtle population data is interpreted and how this results in conservation action

Capacity Building and Satellite Tracking of Turtles in Vietnam (2006-2007)

  The Marine Research Foundation assisted WWF Vietnam to implement sea turtle management training at Con Dao Island, working with trainees from Con Dao National Park and other staff trainees from Ninh Thuan and Quang Tri provinces, in addition to national government officials, to build their capacity to effectively implement a systematic sea turtle monitoring,…

Identification of secondary foraging grounds for green sea turtles in Malaysia (2005-2006)

Marine turtles in SE Asia are in dire need of conservation action. With long maturation periods and low survival, they have extremely slow replenishment rates. A population which has been depleted can take several centuries to recover. However, understanding the needs of the turtles also depends heavily the understanding of the extent of habitat use…