ESO Continues Efforts in Turtle Research and Conservation
The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) has announced the completion of another stage of its Turtle Research and Conservation project on Masirah Island, sponsored by Port of Duqm and Oman Oil Company from 2014 to 2016.
The initiative studied three of the four marine turtle species that nest on Masirah Island – loggerhead, olive Ridley and hawksbill. Masirah Island comprises one of the highest densities of loggerhead turtles in the world. However, research has shown that the nesting habitat of this population is compromised, likely due to human activities including beach driving, beach erosion, fishing activities including boat landing and storage of fishing nets, accidental fishing, recreation/picnics, nest poaching, light pollution (from town, roads, hotel and other sources), ingestion of marine litter and pollution, and encroachment of roads.