A project of KTCP - TOTAL Foundation in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
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Attempting to establish trends and make a population assessment of turtle populations in Kuwait, sponsored by TOTAL Foundation and TOTAL Kuwait, with the cooperation of the Voluntary Work Center and The Scientific Center, the Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project (KTCP) began surveying islets Garooh and Umm Al-Maradim in July 2008. A three year-project, it is now in its second complete turtle nesting season. Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles are to be part of KTCP's satellite telemetry project in order to reveal migration routes in and out of Kuwait. A biodiversity checklist on both islets is being established as well in order to interpret the environmental wealth here. Hawksbills nest from May until the end of June on both islets and Greens nest on Garooh in July and August. Due to the low numbers of nesting females it hasn't been possible to make a reliable estimate yet. This season and the 2011 one will hopefully enlighten us some more, in combination with the satellite telemetry investigation undertaken by ALan F. Rees and Dr. Brendan Godley at the University of Exeter.
You can read more on the turtle project in the popular press articles linked:
Kuwait's wildlife under pressure. Arab Times 09 Aug 2011
Sea turtle rescue in Kuwait
Kuwait attends Goa turtle meet
Kuwait Turtle Nesting Season 2009
Kuwait Times article on KTCP awareness raising amongst school children, 17 July 2009
Three Hawksbill turtles satellite tagged in Kuwait for the first time
Interview with Ali Al Hafez (KTCP volunteer) for Kuwait Times that was re-run on the IOSEA website
Arab Times article on fish and turtles of Kuwait, 6 July 2011
Arab Times article on a corn crake spotted on Qaru, 18 July 2011
Article on Kuwait's turtles and the KTCP
Another article on Kuwait's turtles and the KTCP
An article from Student Talk on tracking Kuwait's turtles and the KTCP
An article on Umm Al Maradim Island - under threat. Al Watan 01 Mar 2010
A further article on Kuwait's turtles and the KTCP from Al Watan 22 Feb 2010
Coral Reefs of Kuwait from Bazaar Magazine
Nudibranchs in Kuwait from Bazaar Magazine
Dangerous fish in shallow coastal waters of Kuwait! Al Watan Daily; 29 Mar 2010
The project is undertaken in collaboration with the Scientific Centre of Kuwait and the Kuwait voluntary work centre.
The project is sponsored by the TOTAL Foundation: biodiversity and species protection and TOTAL, Kuwait.