Our programme has a double bill:
Research and Conservation
Issues related to marine turtles:
Moheli and Comoros in general are very poor and eating meet is an extra bonus on the daily diet. It is expensive as well for the people as much as £2 per kilos and that is much more than what people earn in a day. Turtles are easy prey when coming to lay eggs and a mature turtle represent 30-60 kilos of fresh meet. In addition, at it disadvantage, turtles have the reputation of tasting very good and a to provide a legendary aphrodisiac power. One hunted turtle is reselling for £60-120 which is maybe 2-3 months salary.As well as the meat, poacher are taking the eggs of the kill plus any other nests around... leaving very little chance for population to sustain.
What we will you do as a volunteer?
Turtle nesting activity:
Localisation of the nests on beaches
Nesting activity rate per beach
Human impacts evaluation
Tagging , photo-ID
Green turtle, Itsamia, Comoros 2016
Hatchling green, Wanefou, Comoros 2016
Nesting beach, Moheli, Comoros
Photo-ID Hawksbill turtle, Moidjio, Comoros 2009
Nest investigation, M'Tsanga Nyamba,Comoros 2016
ID card for nesting Turtles, Comoros
Sea-grass meadows,feeding area:
Localisation of sea-grass meadows around the island..
Composition analysis, identification of species and settlement study, substrates.
Healthiness, algae invasion and general state of the meadow and plants.
Fauna identification, link between species requirement and biotopes, find bio-indicators
Turtle photo-identification, using underwater video camera
Eggs count, Droude, Comoros 2015
"On Comoros it is approximatively 1000 turtles that are eaten every year and that an optimistic estimation, we think that it is 3X this amount. Turtles area protected by national and international laws and the marine park of Moheli is supposed to be a sanctuary for them. But again money is lacking and patrol aren't possible".