Turtle populations are attacked at all stages of their lives, both from natural and human pressures and all species of sea turtle are now classed as endangered. Without intervention, we may lose these beautiful, ancient creatures from our ocean’s forever.The natural life cycle of marine turtles is tough enough without the added pressure from humans, and it is no wonder their numbers are drastically declining.
Our conservation effeort aims to prevent further decline of their population and protect turtles by ensuring viable nesting and feeding populations of these magnificent ancient creatures.
Maintaining a turtle hatchery is very expensive.A large amount of money has to be spent on the construction and repair of tanks, pumping sea water, cleaning and purchasing fish for feeding. We depend entirely on the entrance fees charged from tourists and during the off-seasons we find it extremely difficult to maintain the centre. We need support for the developments.
Sea Turtles are born under ground (under sand to be more accurate). Then they find their way to the surface, and to the ocean, after which they start a life filled with many dangers, where only a few will make it through the growing years. Releasing baby turtles is a very unique experience. And there is nothing like holding a baby turtle in your hand.
General activities of the project
- Collecting of Turtle eggs from the beach and buying from the fishermen.
- Collected and rescued eggs are hatched safely away from predators before being released into the sea at night-time. But some are kept back for a short period for ‘headstarting’ till they are stronger.
- Providing treatments for disabled turtles caught by fishing nets. When we got an information on a disabled turtle we take our full effort to visit the turtle and start doing necessary treatments to recover it.
- We go anywhere in between Hambantota and Kaluthra for this service.
- Raise the awareness of marine turtle conservation needs at regional levels. ( Conducting of seminars, awareness workshops , show videos, distributing leaflets, etc.. )
- Conducting continuous studies on post-nesting migrations and biology of marine turtles
- Share tracking data and findings to relevant authorities and contribute to the development of a regional marine turtle conservation plan
- Integrate these conservation initiatives with national programmes.