Oman: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) is working on a project to satellite-track Olive Ridley turtles in Masirah Island in association with the Total Foundation and Total SA Oman.
Speaking to media, a MECA official said the project aims to study the turtles for their conservation. Locally known as quasar these endangered turtles nest on beaches of the sultanate. The project is also part of the general administrative plan which focuses on sustainable development of Masirah, preserving its marine and coastal ecosystem.
As these turtles have long migratory routes, satellite tracking will help researchers know their locations, the spots where they face threat from fishing activities and take steps to protect them from killing and injury.
In another development, MECA has undertaken a comprehensive survey of coral reefs in the sultanate. The official said that coral reefs not only nurture a vast variety of marine species, but are also considered an important tourism asset.
Source: Muscat Daily