2018 TURTLE CONSERVATION PROGRAMme Summary

 
 

Sea Turtle Hatchery

During the 2018 sea turtle nesting season, Tengah Island Conservation recorded a total of 100 activities, distributed across seven different islands. The conservation team was able to secure 40 out of 61 nests with a total of 4,780 eggs (89% Hawksbill; 11% Green), from which 3,036 hatched (90% Hawksbill; 10% Green).The average hatching success of all hatched nests was 71.7%, an increase of 20 % and 9.8% compared to 2016 and 2017 nesting seasons, respectively.

A total of 21 nests were lost to predation or poaching during this season across the six islands patrolled.

Turtle Mortality

A total of six sea turtles washed up on the beaches of P. Tengah, P. Hujong and P. Gual from June to August 2018, within the busiest period of boat traffic around Johor islands. The stomach composition of two stranded turtles revealed the presence of plastics and fishing lines. Three of the sea turtles presented signs of boat strikes, and the remaining turtle carcass found was too old to determine the cause of death.

 

100

Turtle Activities

40

Nests Secured out of 61 nests

 

4,780

Eggs Collected

3,036

Hatched

 

71.7%

Hatching Rate

21

Nests Lost to Predation or Poaching