Celebrating Turtle Day

Sea turtles are a fundamental link in the marine ecosystem as they help maintain the health of seagrass bed and coral reefs. Unfortunately, hundred of thousands of sea turtles are being threatened every day at the hand of humans and nearly all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered.

This World Turtle Day, let’s do our part to ensure that sea turtles have a future in our oceans – here are some of the turtle conservation projects you can do to help.

Te Mana O Te Moana

Founded in French Polynesia, this non-profit conservation project aims to preserve the marine environment for the generations to come through three domains of actions – conservation, education, and research. The organization runs a Sea Turtle Clinic located in the Hotel InterContinental Moorea Resort and Spa, where it shelters and treats sea turtles found sick, wounded, mutilated or seized by authorities. Besides that, Te Mana O Te Moana also provides education to raise awareness of turtle conservation to the general public and local communities. It has also contributed to scientific research on turtles and initiated a green turtle nesting monitoring program in 2007.

The Olive Ridley Project

The Olive Ridley Project was initially founded as a citizen science project in the Maldives in 2013 by a group of biologists who were concerned about the number of turtles found entangled in nets. Since then, the organization has endeavored to not only rescue these turtles but also address the root of the cause. Ghost gear is a threat to all marine animals, and sea turtles are especially vulnerable to entanglement as they use nets as a source of food and shelter in the open water. To avoid having any more turtles getting harmed, this conservation project trains fishermen about turtle first aid and hosts workshops for marine biologists to educate and create awareness for the local communities.

Fauna and Flora International

Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is one of the world’s oldest and most renowned international conservation organizations that manages 150 conservation projects across 40 countries to achieve its mission of conserving threatened species and ecosystem. Based in Nicaragua, this organization’s main focus is to monitor and document turtle nests. Additionally, FFI also conducts training workshops to promote and educate the importance of sea turtles in our ecosystem. Turtle-friendly fishing equipment has also been introduced to protect the marine creatures from harm.

The Pacsafe Turtle Fund

The Pacsafe Turtle Fund was commemorated in 2014 and aims to support endangered sea turtles globally by providing annual grants to local and reputable initiatives that are working to conserve turtles around the world. Our turtle fund is directed towards projects that conserve the most endangered species such as leatherback, loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. As of 2014, we’ve chosen eight conservation projects and invested in over $125,000 in our Pacsafe Turtle Fund.

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