KOTA KINABALU: At least, 120 participants will take part in the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort’s four-day, third sea turtle outreach programme on Mabul Island, beginning Nov 9.
According to Borneo Divers and Sea Sports (Sabah) Sdn Bhd project director Louise Lang, local and foreign divers, as well as non-divers are expected to be involved in the catching, measuring and tagging of turtles in the programme known as Borneo Divers’ Celebration of Sea Turtles in Mabul.
“The programme is a long term goal to monitor the growth rate of the sea turtle resident population, including the green and Hawksbill species on Mabul Island. It also hopes to create awareness among the public and tourists on sea turtles inhabiting the waters off the island,” she told a press conference here today.
Lang said organisers were seeking volunteers as ‘turtle spotters’ in the dive teams and to help collect morphometric data on research vessels.
She said pupils of SK Pulau Mabul and School of Hope would be invovled in a study tour of the programme and participate in educational talks, games and clean-up activities, while a demonstration of turtle measuring and tagging would be held for invited guests.
She added state tourism, culture and environment Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming was expected to launch the programme’s official opening ceremony on Nov 11.
Over the past two years, Lang noted, between 120 and 160 sea turtles were tagged annually.- BERNAMA