The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
It’s not all lying in a hammock on our trips! We like to find out what’s going on in the local area.
When there’s a conservation project then that’s all the better.
On the larger Gili Island, Trewangan, there’s a turtle conservation project.
This simple building on the beach has been created with one purpose in mind.
When local people find a nest of sea turtle eggs they can be brought here. Instead of selling them for food or negative tourism the eggs are placed in a simple hatchery.
Then when the babies hatch they are transferred to spacious tanks. After this they have a year to grow and develop.
Now I expect that to some people it seems hard to keep them in this way. However. The normal hatching process (that we were witness to in December) has many flaws. The number of turtles that hatch and make it to the water is very small. And then in those first weeks these tiny hatchlings are up against extremely negative odds.
There were three batches of turtles in the centre when we visited. One a week old, one a month old and one three months old. If all of these grow to a year old before release then the number of survivors is likely to be higher.
Normally less than 1% of hatchlings survive to maturity and can return to the beach years later.
Conservation Video. Against all odds
The other key benefit is knowledge. There are high numbers of tourists visiting Indonesia. Many come to dive here. Too few people realise the plight of the sea turtle especially if they see plenty underwater. The hatchery and conservation work really helps spread knowledge about the negative issues that impact these tiny creatures.
The Gili Eco Trust also takes a single contribution from every diver to support conservation work in the area including the turtle project.
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