Labuan Marine Parks, pop­u­lar tur­tles land­ing sites

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME -

LABUAN: Con­certed ef­forts to boost the tur­tle pop­u­la­tion are bear­ing fruit af­ter 1,309 hatch­lings were re­leased into the wild from the three land­ing sites in Labuan from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber this year.

The num­ber ac­counted for 76.59 per cent of the to­tal 1, 705 tur­tle eggs hatched at the pop­u­lar marine parks of Rusukan Be­sar Is­land, Rusukan Ke­cil Is­land and Ku­ra­man.

Th­ese marine parks are strate­gic land­ing places for three tur­tle species, namely hawks­bill tur­tle (Eret­mochelys Im­bri­cata), oliv­eri­d­ley tur­tle (Lepi­dochelys oli­vacea) and green tur­tle (Ch­elo­nia My­das), with 12 nests found on the beaches through­out the pe­riod.

De­part­ment of Malaysia Marine Park Labuan di­rec­tor Anuar Dera­man said a to­tal of 9, 543 hatch­lings were re­leased into the wild from the land­ing sites in Labuan from 2011 to 2015.

“Our ef­forts to con­serve tur­tles by hatch­ing their eggs and re­leas­ing the hatch­lings into the sea since five years ago are suc­ceed­ing,” he told Ber­nama yes­ter­day.

“The strate­gic land­ing sites, with no beach ero­sion are the fac­tor be­hind the in­creased num­ber of tur­tles land­ing,” he said.

He said the ex­pe­ri­enced rangers who were well trained in han­dling the eggs dur­ing the trans­fer of the eggs to the hatch­ery also con­trib­uted to the in­creas­ing num­ber of hatch­lings re­leased into the sea.

Anuar also said Malaysia Mar­itime En­force­ment Agency Labuan was work­ing closely to mon­i­tor any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties within the wa­ters of marine parks.

He said the tur­tle con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion ex­er­cise in the marine parks could be trans­formed into an eco-tourism prod­uct of Labuan to sup­port the ef­forts of the lo­cal tourism stake­hold­ers. - Ber­nama

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