Turtles are one of the most endangered marine animals and are included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of threatened species. In the Msambweni area of Kwale, abundant in extensive nesting beaches, communities have embraced turtle conservation initiatives.
This project supported the conservation of endangered turtles and fish (humphead wrasse).
Under the Community Development Trust Fund project, we assisted the Msambweni Turtle Conservation Group (MTCG) in increasing its capacity for conservation through training, construction of a resource centre and ecotourism bandas, and the purchase of a boat for ecotourism and patrols. We also supported a school awareness programme run by MTCG.
Additionally, humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) populations are declining in Kenya due to overpopulation, and these fish are currently listed as endangered and vulnerable by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the IUCN.
This project, which was conducted across the entire Kenyan coast aimed at mapping and establishing the status of the humphead wrasse. The project was funded by Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) and Rufford Small Grants.