Barzan Marine Environmental Survey, State of Qatar (2008)

This project comprised underwater video surveys to determine the composition of benthic faunal assemblages, seafloor habitat mapping, sediment classification boundary delineation and groundtruthing, and mapping on belanf of URS Qatar LLC, which was contracted by RasGas Company Limited to conduct an Environmental, Socio-economic and Health Impact Assessment for the Barzan Projec. This project was designed…

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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…

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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)

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