The youngest fishermen yet to participate in our Bycatch Release Programme rescue a very special turtle
Amos (13) and his younger brother, Elvis (12), went out fishing in Mida Creek this morning and came across a small hawksbill turtle trapped in the roots of the mangroves. The two boys rushed over to help the poor animal fearing that they may already be too late. They quickly set about trying to free the turtle and found to their relief that it was still alive.
What they didn’t know however, was that the turtle they had so bravely rescued, has a very special story.
The Impact of Imperial Bank Ltd's Receivership
On 13th October 2015, Imperial Bank of Kenya went into statutory receivership with the Central Bank of Kenya. This has effectively frozen the finances of many businesses, organisations, groups and individuals across the country, Local Ocean Trust included. Over a month on, this situation is having a crippling effect on Watamu and the rest of Kenya. Today we bring you the story of the Watamu Education Movement Association (WEMA) as an example of a dedicated community group who are, like the rest of us, trying to continue their activities as best they can without access to their hard earned funds. WEMA is one of 21 community groups which Local Ocean Trust works closely with to provide advice and support.
Protecting Mida Creek and the Arabuko Sokoke Forest
This group was established in 2009 in an effort to reduce the dependence and pressure on the resources of Mida Creek and the Arabuko Sokoke Forest. The 25 members began conservation activities such as mangrove planting, promoting the use of sustainable fishing methods and engaging in participatory forest management, as well as practicing crop and animal farming.
Protecting Arabuko Sokoke Forest
In a half acre plot, thousands of different indigenous and exotic trees and plants are growing in a nursery located near the Mombasa Malindi highway. This nursery is as a result of hard work, perseverance and dedication of 11 women.
Protecting the nests of the South Coast
Since 2012, a team of volunteers in Diani, on Kenya’s South Coast, have been working hard to protect nesting turtles and their eggs.
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.
World Environment Day was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and is celebrated each year on the 5th of June to raise global awareness in taking positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.
A lifetime spent saving turtles.
Recently, our Watamu Community Liaison Officer, Athman, was in Malindi to visit an old man who has a very special relationship with Watamu Turtle Watch. The old man’s son had earlier come to bring greetings from his father to Athman, with whom he has worked together and has a long standing friendship.
A spirited group of young fishermen with a growing interest in conservation
A group of 30 spirited young fishermen in Darakasi were inspired by the efforts of Watamu Young Fishermen and decided to approach our Watamu Community Liaison Officer for help.
Making a Change for Tomorrow
Watamu Young Fishermen group is a registered self-help group with 40 members. The majority of members are between 18 and 30 years old and have had very little formal education to make them competent in the job market. They turn to fishing as an alternative source of income and food for their families. What they lack in formal education they make up for in the extensive knowledge they have about the ocean.
The next generation of marine conservationists!
As the year draws to an end, so too does this year’s Marine Scout Programme. To conclude the hard work of our Local Ocean Marine Scouts, we invited their parents to the project for an end of year celebration.
All the Marine Scouts arrived at the project at 4pm with their parents. They looked really smart in their uniforms and their faces shone with excitement as they love their time at LOT.
A Community Group with a Difference.
Situated north of Watamu, Jimba Village is set a little further back from the coastline. The Jimba fishermen use the landing site in the neighbouring coastal village of Kanani.
As the Kanani area is one of the worst for turtle poaching, our conservation and community work needs to be conducted in a tactful fashion. Simply storming in with the police in tow and pointing out whom the ‘baddies’ are, is not the way forward and would lead to an escalating situation between LOT and the fishermen with the turtles paying the ultimate price. Instead, LOT Community Liaison Officers Sammy and Athman work closely with the fishermen to show them why turtles are needed in the marine environment and that there are not many left.
All the info on the 2nd quater of the year.
The LOT education programme is a great way for students to learn about the marine environment. University students on internships with us, those seeking work experience or those doing their Duke of Edinburgh award have been tremendously inspired and have gained skills relevant to their course. We are very proud of the students who spend time with us at the project and understand the need to conserve our oceans and proceed to create awareness back at school.
A fantastic local group with conservation at heart!
This group was established in 1997 with the aim of conserving the mangrove forest adjacent to their village, Dongo Kundu. The group comprises of men and women whose activities and source of livelihoods include fishing, trading, farming and other small businesses.