Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Christoffel/Shete Boka park manager works with Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire

STCB-600x478WILLEMSTAD - Identifying and confirming sea turtle nests is a skill that, like any other, takes practice to fully master. With more than 58,000 individual sea turtles recorded on Klein Bonaire since 2002, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire's (STCB) index beach is a great place to learn!

Sabine Berendse, park manager on Curaçao spent last week doing just that with STCB staff and volunteers. Carmabi is working together with STCB to develop a robust system of nest monitoring on Curaçao that provides a better understanding of long-term population trends.

Sabine, who also recently received training in Barbados is already managing data collection at Shete Boka with park rangers and across the island with new sea turtle volunteers. STCB's successful beachkeeper program that engages the public to maintain clean beaches and monitor turtle nesting is a model Sabine hopes to replicate on Curaçao. In addition to a new commitment from the Curaçao government to fund monitoring, there is growing interest from businesses and individuals to support and directly participate in helping to conserve Curaçao's sea turtles.

Read more about sea turtle research and monitoring in STCB's 2013 Technical Report.

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