WWF-Pakistan arranges turtle watch for student, journalists of Karachi
KARACHI: World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF-Pakistan had arranged ‘Turtle Watch’ activity for school students, their teachers and a group of around a dozen of journalists from Karachi, so that they may witness the turtle-nesting and egg laying at the Sandspit beaches on late Friday evening.
On the occasion, Umair Shahid, North Indian Ocean Coordinator, WWF-Pakistan said that marine turtles’ nesting site in Sindh is Sandspit beach, which is around seven-kilometre stretch, but it extends to some degree along the entire beach strip.
“This is one of the most important green turtle nesting sites in the world, but climate change and human intervention is posing serious threats to these endangered marine turtles,” he said. The presence of huts along the nesting site, is attracting stray dogs, crows, kits and other predators, which are serious threats for the green turtle.
Sea turtles enjoy a protected status in Pakistan. However, their nesting habitats, including the Sandspit beaches, are not declared protected.
The ‘Turtle Watch’ activity was a part of WWF-Pakistan’s project titled ‘Sustainable fisheries entrepreneurship: a citizen based approach to saving Pakistan’s unique marine environment’ financially supported by Engro Foundation for community-Media Meet.
Engro Foundation has recently paid USD 460,000 to WWF-Pakistan for this project, so that it may work on the conservation of the marine resources.
Under this project both organizations are working on conservation of marine resources, management to combat illegal fishing and reduce pressure on marine ecosystems through increased awareness.
“We need to protect the green sea turtle,” Shahid added.