Sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles.
The biggest threats include:
• Entanglement in fishing gear
• Consumption and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells
• Coastal development
• Plastic and other marine debris
• Global warming
• Ocean pollution
All these issues have resulted into the decline of sea turtles and have motivated worldwide conservation efforts which includes various beach protection measures and strict fisheries by-catch regulations.
Kenyan law (Kenya Wildlife cap 376) and Fisheries Act Cap 378 prohibits hunting, removing, holding, moving or trafficking sea turtles and their products dead or alive, however enforcement of these laws are not widespread enough for effective conservation.
There is no legislation protecting their foraging and nesting habitats except for those falling within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
Therefore, Kenya Conservation of aquatic Resources is one of the organizations in Kenya which is involved in the Conservation of the sea turtles involving the local community participation in nest monitoring and successful relocation of nests found below the tidal mark and moving them to higher ground. At least 60 successful incubations in 5 locations hatchings consisting of 4,140 hatch-lings crawling to sea to begin their long journey to maturity are witnessed each year. We do this conservation activities with energy and passion knowing that its just part of a long journey which requires team work with stakeholders and the community. #kcar