Over the last 200 years, human activities have posed the biggest threat to the survival of these important animals, through hunting turtles for consumption and product processing to destructive fishing practices of which marine turtles are among the unintended victims (by-catch). Further threats include marine debris, which marine turtles ingest or become entangled in, oil spills and beach activities that disturb nesting females.
Participants at the 7th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, Tetouan (Morocco)
Together with partners in the Atlantic and South-East Asia, the Ocean Governance project now aims to adapt this tool for marine turtles and form a new network of managers who are keen to improve marine turtle protection in their MPA. The project hosted webinars on the topic in 2021 and 2022, and presented the Marine Mammals toolkit and its potential adaptation at the Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles. During Learning Exchanges with South-East Asia in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) in October 2022, the programme included marine turtles and the management of migratory species, to the enthusiasm of participants.