Posted on October 04, 2019

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment, represented by the Environmental Protection Reserves and Wildlife Department, reviewed the outcomes of the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle Protection Project this year and the efforts exerted in this regard to achieve the project’s objectives.

At a press conference, a presentation was made on the project and its importance by the concerned parties, then the project team and participants were honoured. Head of the wildlife section at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment’s Environmental Protection, Reserves and Wildlife Department Ali Saleh al-Marri said that this season was characterised by great success during the process of nesting and hatching of hawksbill turtles, during which more than 5,700 have been released into the sea this season, he explained and added that the overall hatching rate was 82% compared to previous seasons.

It is worth mentioning that the project to protect sea turtles in Qatar, began in 2003 with the co-operation of Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar University (QU) and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, in order to preserve the hawksbill turtle on the northern coast of Qatar, and in a number of islands, and to locate nesting sites and to transport eggs to safe places, and to take important measures until the hatching process and then returning the young turtles to the sea. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has listed the hawksbill sea turtle as an endangered species since 1982, while the World Turtle Day, which falls on May 23 each year, aims to encourage global humanitarian action to conserve turtles, and to draw attention to endangered species.