Community beach patrols

Published: 01 September 2016
Last edited: 24 February 2017
The beach patrols occur at night to collect data and make sure the female turtles are not disturbed and slaughtered. The patrols are undertaken by 2 to 4 community persons groups which are led by a more experienced person of the Caretta Association. We collect data such as animal length, width, presence of external parasites, injuries, and localization of the nest. The data is collected and entered in a form to produce a further report and publication. Our constant presence on the beach is also a message to move away the poachers.

Classifications

Category
Collection of baseline and monitoring data and knowledge
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation

Enabling factors

Proximity of the community to the beach. Aroused curiosity to see a sea turtle laying eggs.

Lessons learned

This hands-on activity provided the community a different perspective and developed a sense of belonging. Before that they should all go through a training in order to make sure the presence of not experienced people does not become a threat.