Did you know that back in the 1950’s Malaysia hosted one of the world’s largest nesting leatherback turtles, with 10,000 annual nestings recorded. 50 years later, in 2006, not a single nesting was recorded. In 2017, the Department of Fisheries only recorded two nests.
Thousands of eggs and turtles are lost each year due to poaching, and WWF-Malaysia is pushing for a nationwide ban on the trade of eggs for all species of turtles.
Here are the threats that sea turtles are facing each day:
The threats against marine turtles are great, but thankfully we have dedicated conservation teams that are fighting to save these beautiful sea creatures and their habitat.
Here are some of the ways that WWF-Malaysia – with you by our side – is protecting marine turtles from poachers and habitat loss:
- Funding our Turtle Guardians’ field rations and research equipment like tags, weighing scales and GPS units. This helps our Turtle Guardians in monitoring the beaches every night during peak nesting season to deter any poaching activity;
- Urging the state government for a state ban on the trade, consumption and possession of turtle eggs to ensure all marine turtle species are protected throughout Malaysia;
- Working with the Department of Fisheries to switch to more turtle-friendly fishing gears in order to reduce turtle bycatch;
- Working with the Government and other stakeholders to gazette more nesting habitats.
Who are the turtle guardians?
The turtle guardians, some of whom are ex-licensed egg collectors or ex-egg poachers, are local villagers employed by DoFM during the nesting season to monitor turtle nestings, turtle tagging and secure eggs for incubation. WWF-Malaysia funds the wages of the turtle guardians and collaborates with the Department in liaison with the head of villages to select suitable turtle guardians, in training and monitoring their output.
Your gift and generosity for turtles today will be used to protect, repopulate and restore their coastal habitats to ensure our magnificent turtles remain in our waters for many more generations to come.
Please help our sea turtles today.