WASHINGTON -- Critically endangered hawksbill turtles
are no longer being sold as tourist souvenirs in the Dominican Republic after a powerful government campaign cracked down on shops illegally trading such items.
It provides crucial nurseries and spawning grounds for a wide variety of fish species, and serves as a foraging habitat for endangered hawksbill turtles
and green turtles.
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of Sdiyat island, has announced the successful hatching of the first nest this year of critically endangered Hawksbill turtles
This four-week light-hearted race, part of EWS-WWF's Marine Turtle Conservation Project, serves as an interactive platform for the UAE community and beyond to learn about the plight of Hawksbill turtles
in the region.
But Amdeep was there with one goal only - to understand how to save the seriously endangered hawksbill turtles
Other common taxa included juvenile hawksbill turtles
, spiny lobster, yellow stingrays, squirrelfish, surgeonfish, trunkfish, barracudas, and black durgons (see Table 1 for scientific names).
In Sharjah, meanwhile, Sir Bu Na'air Island houses more than 300 hawksbill turtle
nests every year, the largest nesting population in the UAE.
They are Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle
and Leatherback Turtle.
Of the seven species of marine turtles in the world, two can be found in Abu Dhabi s waters: the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle
(Eretmochelys imbricata) and the endangered Green turtle (Chelonia mydas).
The hawksbill turtle
is listed as a critically endangered species as its population declined by more than 80 per cent worldwide over the last three generations due to habitat destruction and poaching.
The nests are now under the observation of Tourism Development & Investment Company's (TDIC) environmental affairs team, as part of the company's Hawksbill Turtle
Conservation Programme, the only one of its kind in the Arabian Gulf.
Harvesting of eggs at beaches, loss and degradation of habitats as well as accidental capture all contribute to the decline in the Hawksbill turtle