This current project is located on the southeast coast of Bangladesh. Research primarily takes place on two islands, Sonadia and St. Martin Island. These beaches are critical nesting grounds for two specific species of marine turtles, the Olive Ridley and Green Sea Turtles.
For over 21 years, Marinelife Alliance has worked toward the regeneration of marine turtle populations and the protection of their habitats.
Importance of Satellite Tracking
Migratory patterns of sea turtles is a crucial aspect regarding population preservation. By understanding migratory pathways and patterns, conservationists can help establish different fishery routes to avoid collision or accidental capture.
The Fight to End Poaching
Poaching is a critical threat to sea turtles worldwide. Poachers use their shells for dishes and jewelry, eat sea turtle meat, and also eat their eggs as well. This is a huge threat to sea turtle populations due to secrecy and high demand.
The importance of participation within our community is detrimental to the success of our project. The knowledge of local stakeholders and community members offers a new perspective toward our work, by creating a pathway of communication and trust.
“Eggshells and unhatched eggs left behind provide important nutrients that nourish dune vegetation such as beach grasses, which stabilize dunes and help to prevent coastal erosion,” – Randall Ruiz
Sea turtles are crucial to a healthy marine ecosystem. According to previous studies, sea turtles serve as a keystone species; just like a lion would in the Savana. A keystone species, is a species that is an irreplaceable part of their environment, and they influence species around them. Sea turtles regulate the balance within their ecosystem, and if they were removed, the ecosystem would collapse.
Sea turtles not only influence the species around them, but they also influence their habitats. Eggshells and unhatched, unviable eggs add excess nutrients to the sand, which nourish beach grasses and brush. This creates a strong, stable root system, helping to prevent erosion.
Fun Fact of December: Written by Madison Marsh
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