, native to Gulf waters, are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
While certainly not back to the levels of 50 years ago when hawksbill turtles
dug as many as 500 nests on Dubai's beaches -- from Palm Jumeirah to the Abu Dhabi border -- Al Suwaidi is overjoyed to see so many hawksbill females returning.
nest on a number of islands in the UAE, with Sdiyat's deep sand beaches and natural dune system beyond the high tide line providing them with a good nesting habitat.
This year, for the first time, the project included the deployment of satellite transmitters on a number of hawksbill turtles
in Halul Island to track their movements and behavior in the Gulf, says Shafeeq Hamza, Researcher at ESC who has been working with the Qatar Turtle project since 2009.
numbers were far lower than green turtle counts, indicating that many conservation threats still exist for this species.
Summary: Female Hawksbill turtles
can lay 100 to 150 eggs during each nesting season
In 2012, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) designated a 612-hectare area in Magsaysay as a critical habitat for hawksbill turtles
In 2018, a total of 3,126 turtle hatchlings were produced from 95 nests laid on the beaches of Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, with 51 hawksbill turtle
nests and 44 green turtle nests.
The DENR said it welcomes the project because Punta Dumalag is actually the nesting site of hawksbill turtle
DENR assistant secretary Ruth Tawantawan said the facility will really help the conservation of the Hawksbill turtles
since they are already considered endangered species.
The sultanate has shouldered this responsibility as the most important place among the countries of the region for nesting sea turtles, particularly the loggerhead turtle, the green turtle, and the hawksbill turtle
There are two more types of turtles, the Olive Turtle that put its eggs on the shores of Masirah Island in numbers up to 150 turtles annually, and the Hawksbill Turtle
, which nestles on Masirah Island and the Dimaniyat Islands.