Saturday, 17 January 2009

Indian Ocean - South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding

Fiji: Marama ni Yadua swims on

The 88 cm female hawksbill turtle satellite tagged on Denimanu in Yadua continues to transmit her location after a period of 170 days.

From the latest map illustrating her movements, Marama ni Yadua appears to be a resident of Vatuka reef.
This reef has been under protection over the past six years and is a site which was proposed to be protected for a further 10 years at a recent workshop at Naduri, Macuata.

Her movements indicate a high possibility of it being a home for turtles in the area and authorities are excited at this information.

Marama ni Yadua was satellite tagged on the January 13, 2008 by the National Trust of Fiji in collaboration with WWF, NOAA, SPREP and the community of Denimanu, after having nested on the protected island of Yadua Taba.
Trust officer, Jone Niukula, reported, "The latest map showing her movements will excite the community as they had thought it to be an unforgettable experience and it will be good to know that she continues to swim on around surrounding waters."

It is highly probable that having laid her eggs in January, Marama ni Yadua is now feeding off of the coral reefs within the Great Sea Reef or Cakaulevu an area thought to be the 3rd longest barrier reef in the world.

WWF Marine Program Officer, Sainivalati Navuku says, "This information will greatly assist us in determining areas that can be suggested to the relevant authorities for protection due to its function as a key nesting and feeding area for hawksbill turtles."

Turtles in Fiji are protected through the moratorium now enforced by the Department of Fisheries.

Indian Ocean - South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding


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