RECAPTURED GREEN TURTLE BROUGHT TO LAMU MARINE CONSERVATION TRUST FOR TAGGING

KE 2174 RM 19A green turtle was recaught accidently by a fishermen in his fishing net and was brought in to LaMCoT. The turtle had a tag number of KE 2174, this meant that she had been caught before and brought to LaMCoT for the first tagging. Because it had already been tagged, there was no need of tagging her again. She was then measured again to record her growth rate and time difference.

Going back to our records we found out the following results;

First caught on 8th Feb 2007

CCL = 54 Centimetres

CCW = 49 Centimetres

Tag number = KE 2174

Recaptuerd on 15th Aug 2010

CCL increase to = 70.3 Centimetres

CCW increase to = 64.2 Centimetres

 We found out that the time and size difference from the first catch to the second catch was as follows;

 Time difference = 2 years, 6 months

Size difference, CCL = 16.3 Centimeres

CCW = 15.2 Centimetres.

As usual she got adopters and was returned to her habitat.

LAMU MARINE CONSERVATION TRUST’S FIRST EVER LOGGERHEAD TURTLE

Lamu Marine Consevation Trust tagged their first ever Loggerhead turtle on 24th August 2010. The turtle was accidently caught in a net by a fisherman. The turtle was very strong and active and was really hard to calm down.
Fortunately the turtle got an adopter and because she was in a terriffic condition, she was ready to be set free where she belongs.
Loggerhead
CCL=73.5 Centimetres
CCW=64.2 Centimetres
Tag number KE4447

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Green Turtle Slowly Recovering

After a nearly going extinct of sea turtles, the green sea turtles are slowly recovering populations in breeding grounds.
The turtles have been exploited for centuries for meat, eggs and shells.
Because the turtle spend most of thier lives in the sea it is difficult to calculate thier population numbers, we make an effort on counting egg-laying females, no. of tagged turtles brought to us and the no. of hatchlings per nest per year.
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Annual Report on Lamu Marine 2008-2009

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Lamcot would like to send its gratitude to TUSK TRUST for their financial support especially in the running cost of the whole project since 2002.

Many thanks also go to Peponi hotel for their logistical support and Manda bay for their big support towards Manda Toto conservancy.

Special thanks go to Seacology for their financial support towards Manda Toto conservancy for some of the infrastructure installation, WWF for their help in mooring installation, and Lamu Community at large for their positive response towards Lamcot vision and mission for their own benefit.

We would also like to thank Project Aware Foundation for their help in getting the sound system for education and awareness programme conducted by Lamcot.
 
Moreover, we would like to thank all nest and tag sponsors for their donations, and the turtle team for their excellent performance administratively and on ground.

It is not always possible to mention everyone by name, especially all those who gave both in cash and in kind for their effort and time.

Project Description
About Us

Two of the most endangered sea turtles on earth nest in the Lamu archipelago: the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.  In 1992, Carol Korschen of the Peponi Hotel started a project to protect them.  Today the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LAMCOT) employs four guards who protect sea turtle nests, offers incentives to reduce fishermen’s incidental catch, tags and monitors turtles as part of an ongoing research project, and works with the local community to educate students about these remarkable animals. 

Through our partnership with the U.K.-based Tusk Trust, LAMCOT sponsors four environmental clubs involving 100 children who study marine conservation issues every week. 
In addition Lamcot is a non-political community based organization, formed and registered under the Ministry of Gender and Social Service in Lamu.  Its development philosophy aims to support local community actions in sustainable management of coastal ecosystems. Apart from providing direct environmental and livelihood benefits locally, Lamcot projects offers tangible ‘Models’ to inspire policy-making and give voice to the local disadvantaged players.

Project Vision
To be known as good ambassadors to our stakeholders for excellence in local capacity strengthening, economic recovery and sustainable resource management.

Project Mission
To promote innovative solutions and global responsibility by facilitating lasting change in sustainable development and management of environmental aquatic resources.

Project Objectives
1) Undertaking protection of nesting and foraging sea turtles on Lamu and Manda Island.
2) Protection of the Coral reefs. Specifically the hot sport biodiversity of Manda Toto.
3) Education and awareness to school children.
4) Establish a greater understanding and wise use of marine biodiversity amongst the local communities to improve their livelihood.
5) Awareness creation on marine conservation amongst hoteliers and tourists visiting the area.
6) Campaigning on destructive and illegal marine exploitation
Staff
LaMCoT employs 9 staff under project funds from Tusk Trust

Atwaa   – Project manager – B.A. Resource management from Nairobi University
Hasanaat  – Project assistant – helps to write up the blog daily, keep records
Famau – Education officer
Muhaji – Captain of the projects dhow and small canoe
Mohamed Twahir-A form four leaver who joined Lamcot as a volunteer.
Odo & Abdi – Ex poachers from Takwa beach now turned Protectors
Mahmud & Jilo – Ex poachers from Shela beach now turned Protectors, take care of our camels.
Ali Bulo- Care taker of the green belt movement at the Airstrip (Trees donated by Tust Trust, planted by Environmental Kindness Clubs) 

Projects undertaken by Lamcot
The most important projects carried out by LaMCoT at present are:
1) Turtle protection and monitoring
2) Education programme
3) Capacity building for Lamu fishermen
4) Conservation of Manda Toto snorkeling sites
5) Bee keeping project
6) Dhow regional medical and conservation services.
7) Stopping aquarium fishing (e.g. by promoting public awareness)
8) Information and PR (information panels, web site, brochures etc.).
9) Mangrove rehabilitation project
10) The green belt movement
11) Idd Baraza, Shela community welfare project.
12) Camel project

Nest Results
There has been a continuity of the initial work set up by Carol Korschen on both Manda and Lamu Islands, this includes:-
1. Patrols of the potential nesting beaches to prevent nesting females from being poached. If females are found nesting tagging is attempted after the laying of eggs, as recommended.
2. Nests are then verified. Translocation is carried out if the nesting site is unsuitable, i.e. below the high tide water mark, vulnerable to erosion, amongst too much vegetation etc.
3. The nests are then continually observed and protected as much as possible against predators during the incubation period.
4. Once the eggs have hatched the nests are opened up to rescue any late hatchlings and the number of eggs hatched and unhatched from each nest is recorded. Bellow is a graphical summery from 1997.

Yes!! Our turtles are coming back at Shella Beach
18 years back Shella cumulative turtle hatchlings were at average of 500 hatchlings last year was a bit high at an average of 757 hatchlings. This year Lamcot has recorded an average of 2000 hatchlings.  
This indicate that those turtles released safely 18 years back are now coming to have their generation in progression.

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                      The baby turtle
 
Tag Results
Lamu Maine Conservation has managed to collect the below data concerning tagging and release on the accidentals turtles and laying mothers.
     
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                    A big mama turtle
      
   Rehabilitation and release
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  The first ever seen Olive Ridley by Lamcot Staff

It is for the first time that Lamcot staff had an opportunity to see an Olive Ridley.  This turtle was brought by the fishermen not in good condition; skinny and emaciated. We had her admitted to our local hospital whilst getting some assistance from a lady in Australia in the Chelonia Rehabilitation Center by the name Lesley Baird. We did all our level best to rescue her.   Carol Korschen had her flown to Malindi to Watamu Turtle Watch for further medication. In the first two days her condition was improving.  In her third day of admission her condition deteriorated and she died eventually.  For more information please visit our new web: www.lamcot.org

Manda toto M.P.A
Manda toto conservancy is the first pilot project for sustainable management of corals in Lamu Archipelago. It is a multilateral sponsored programme conceived by Lamu Marine conservation Trust (TUSK TRUST) and geared forward by infrastructure support from Seacology, National coordinator (WWF Kenya), Peponi Hotel, Manda Bay Resort and other keen individuals and hotel operators.
This is a big achievement to both Lamcot and Tust Trust for their diligence in making the Kiweni community specifically the poorest people of Pate Island ( Eastern Archipelago of Lamu) to embrace the deep meaning of M.P.A for their own benefit.  Seacology have provided some infrastructure for the taking off stage of the project eg  moorings for boundary demarcation and anchorage, snorkeling gear, solar inverter system and communication equipment in exchange for demarcation and gazettment of a community managed marine conservation area in Kiweni, Lamu archipelago.

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      Meeting at Pate                                       
  

International Consultancy
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PUM- Adviser Fer von der Assen with the school children to the clean up

In September 2008 Carol Korschen, sent a request to PUM for assistance in the development of LaMCoT’s work in environmental protection, conservation of flora and fauna.  Fortunately, the request was accepted and we had an adviser; Mr.Fer Von der assen to our project whilst stayed at Peponi Hotel.
The PUM expert’s s Mission was to be able to assess the activities of LaMCoT and to help it with the possible recommendation. All existing project within Lamcot were discussed based on SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).  We are currently dwelling and thriving under Fer’s recommendation.  We are planning to have him back for Evaluation.
Students from abroad
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Teresa Lackey joined us for her dissertation from the University of bssjt, she really enjoyed her stay with us, and she adopted a Green turtle as shown in the picture. For more information on her stay please visit our new web www.lamcot.org

The Bi-annual Idd Celebration
Lamcot coordinated and facilitated a jubilant and exhilarating events respect to the recent Idd Mubarak(The one after Ramadhan).  Among its activities were: Swimming competition, Dhow race competition, Tug of war, night gather together etc
Winners and runners up received their present at night.  T-Shirt with Lamcot logo and Tust-Trust logo were distributed on that day.
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  Tour Guides in their Symbolic T-shirts                      

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  Children in the tug of war

The Sea turtle national draft
On 6th -9th April 2009, Atwaa Salim and Famau Shukry were able to attend the workshop for the Draft Proceedings of the National Sea Turtle Stakeholders which was held at Sun ‘n’ Sand Hotel of Kikambala. The convergence was of different Marine turtle expertisee, kescom representatives, and representatives from different turtle conservation groups in the Western Indian Ocean.
The workshop had only one thematic area regarding turtles in Kenya:

‘‘Formulation of a conservation and management strategy to guide the conservation of turtles in Kenya’

  The Sailing Doctors of Lamu-Free Medical Camp
Pate Island and Kiwayu Island is home to a number of historical sites dating back to the 7th century; but the rich history of the place has not had any positive impact on the living conditions of the local inhabitants today. People are in a cultural isolation, living a simple traditional life style characterized by overwhelming necessity and poverty.
Most locals are poor. Local human development indicators estimate shows that 95 percent of the population earn an average of $10 per month; less than fifty cents a day. The livelihood system in Pate is very simple and basically designed to sustain the day to day life. It does not generate any substantial income to cater for long term or significant expenditures on education needs for schooling children or medication needs for their sick.

Project Justification
The people in the said areas are very far from the established Health facilities hence exposed to many health problems and complications. Health outreach services run by AMREF (with support from MOH) which were conducted every 1-2 months throughout the mainland communities of Kiunga Division as reported by Farm Africa in “Participatory Livelihood Analysis of Forest Dependent Communities in Lamu District, Coast Province” in 2004 has since been stopped.

Futhermore, the report for the exploratory Mission (2006) by the two Doctors i, e Brigitte Maitre urand Sarah Pickworth on behalf of Medicins du Monde UK, have really solicited for these kinds of projects
We have done two dhow trips to Pate and Kiwayu so far.

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The medical camp at Pate
Future Plans for the Sailing Doctors
The project will be operating in seven villages namely;
Mkokoni, Kiwayuu, Ndau, Kizingitini, Faza, Shanga, and Pate.
There will be carried a mobile camp in the seven villages, two days in each; one day for medication and the other for education. The programme is intended to be carried out after every other month. (Six times a year).
In every village their will be formed a committee to oversee the project implementation process and for a sustainability purpose, especially in education.
The operations will be conducted with respect to lunar Calendar i.e. from 10th through 23rd of each other month so that the communities will know their days automatically

Lamcot and Lamu Cultural Festival
It was with deep pride that Lamu cultural festival welcomes all visitors on 20th of November to Lamu. The archipelago’s unique heritage bears universal values that carry the knowledge and wisdom for cultural pluralism and understanding the world today. The festival continues to promote and preserve for its survival and integrity.

Lamu Marine Conservation Trust didn’t miss its STAKE. All projects under Lamcot were exhibited during three consecutive days.
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Lamcot team at the Exhibition
Our New Web Site
Lamu Marine has launched its new web; all diversified friends in conservation would be required to visit www.lamcot.org  
Our New Sound System from the Project Aware Foundation
Through a proposal writing once again Lamu marine was awarded Kshs 60,000.   This fund was used to buy a new sound system for the education programme

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               Famau and the sound system

The International Coastal Beach cleanup

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              Shella Pry at clean up                                        
Every year we do participate in the international beach clean up.  Last year the school children did collect debris amount to 700 kgs from Takwa beach.

The Bee project
There are so many fishermen & Mangrove pole collectors in the Mangroves these days, when they find a bee hive, it is often destroyed to see if there is any honey, leaving the bees to swam and find a new home, we are hoping to train the local communities to look after the hives and showing them how to produce honey and make themselves a living & maintain the hives and bees for pollinating our trees.
• Our main project is based at Kibuyuni. LaMCoT has distributed 10 hives to the community of this area where by the harvest will be shared between them and the sponsors (LaMCoT). 
• Ama Environmental Kindness Club has its project on Mangoove Rehabilitation while the bee project for all schools (During time of excursions) after they finish the bee topic (Lecture)
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Bee hives at Kibuyuni                       

The Environmental Kindness Clubs
Lamu marine conservation Trust conducts Environmental Kindness Clubs in four Primary Schools on weekly basis; Shella, Ama, Kipungani and Matondoni.
As elsewhere in the Archipelago, school education in Lamu is based on route learning of highly academic syllabi that have little relationship with the surrounding world.  Formal education does not yet provide environmental information on marine issues.

Also extra-curricular activities, such as field excursions, are rarely organized. Very few children have a chance ever to visit coral reefs or even been to the out skirt of the Archipelago. This is also partly due to the fact that school children, and particularly girls, normally do not learn how to swim or snorkel.
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The workshop with the school teachers on the curriculum
It is our focus now to take out both boys and girls to our coral conservation area (M.P.A) in the vicinity of Pate Island, in order to make them appreciate on what they are been bestowed with. 
• We show videos, have lectures pertaining conservation and health issues,  quizzes, debates, once a year we have an environment day including all the school with inter club competitons.
• Shela School our first club helped plant the trees at the Manda airstrip 8 years ago.
One of our students after a lesson on the turtles went back to his father who had caught and supplied Lamu with turtle meat for generations telling him it was not a good job to do any more as turtles were endangered and if he brought us the turtles we would tag release and pay him for them

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Kijani International school ready to release                                     

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Shella school at the hatchling

Planned targets and Proposal 2009-2010
Continuation of all projects undertaken by Lamcot
We are intending to carry on with all projects under the umbrella of Lamcot.

Extension of the Mobile education
Lamcot is intending to expand its educational programme to Amani School by next year.

Extension of the Bee project to Pate Island
The extension of the bee project intends to diversify the extraction of mangrove to conservation.   By linking sustainable livelihood with conservation, increasing the value of biodiversity to local communities and by empowering them to participate in the development or management of the natural resources, local communities is willing to take this as an opportunity to conserve( M.P.As specifically Manda Toto Conservancy in the vicinity of Pate Island). 

 Gazzettement of Manda toto as Community Conservation Area
 Lamcot in collaboration with the Kiweni BMUs (Beach Management Unit) will be busy following up the gazzettment of the kiweni area as M.P.A Fisheries department will be the responsible ministry in steering forward the process.

 Fund raising for Manda toto in terms of infrastructure and the running cost
 Lamcot will be soliciting from well wishers to support the Kiweni community with Manda toto     conservancy whilst focusing on livelihood.

 Launching of Lamcot own CDs for the project information
For the purpose of information dissemination on the conducted activities
 Lamcot own Brochures

 Further training of Lamcot staff
There is a need to have a further training to Lamcot staff both on ground and administratively.

 Turtle Day
 Lamcot is intending to have an official launching for the turtle day in Lamu Archipelago.

 Information boards to hoteliers
It has been thought prudent to have the information boards to other hotels interested in the turtle
programme.

Fund raising in order to buy the critical turtle nesting sites of Takwa. 
Lamcot is looking forward in getting some 10 acres of the beach frontage of Takwa for the nesting mothers. It seems our annual efforts may be in vain with all the development interest in the area; all nesting beaches are being parceled up to sell of as tourist development sites.

The new port destined to Lamu is putting high pressure in the surrounding area. It seem the only way to leave a few beaches for the turtles would be to buy them now before the prices get out of hand.  Please for more information on this contact atwaa@lamcot.org
 
   Conclusion
We expect the project to deliver efficiently in meeting its objectives.  Well-wishes are most welcome to join Lamu Marine Conservation Trust for a better tomorrow.

COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AREA- SEACOLOGY

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The Lamu archipelago extends from the Kenya/Somalia border to the Tana Delta incorporating the North Banks and the Dodori channels and covers an area of approximately 2,340 square miles. It is a priority conservation area, with Lamu Island a designated World Heritage Site.

The coastal and marine resources in the archipelago are increasingly under threat from over-harvesting of resources i.e. corals, pelagic fish, marine turtles, invertebrates; and the use of destructive and unsustainable methods for resource exploitation such as beach seining, drift nets and coral mining.

Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LamCOT), a locally registered community based organization, wishes to establish a 741-acre community managed marine protected area encompassing ecologically fragile coral reefs, fish feeding, breeding and spawning sites. They also wish to continue support patrols and monitoring of turtle nesting sites on Lamu and Manda islands, and education and awareness in four local schools on Lamu Island. In exchange for the establishment of this marine protected area, Seacology has provided funds to purchase boundary demarcation buoys, moorings for anchorage, snorkel gear, a communication system (radios etc.) to support patrol and monitoring of the conservation area, two bandas (shelters) to accommodate patrolling scouts, a solar inverter system for electricity to the system, and a digital camera.

OLIVE RIDLEYS’ REPORT

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Lamu Marine Conservation Trust tagged an Olive Ridley on 17th March 09 accidentally caught by the fisherman. The turtle was very ill,could not even swim when we had to release her back to the sea.

The project had to take in the turtle for a treatment, and she was provided with all the project could do; feeding her with balance diet in every meal, proper medications and changing of water as required.

 Fortunately her condition improved in the first three days of two weeks under Lamu Marines’ care, but then it worsen and we had to fly her to Malindi for more advanced treatment.  Here is the report of our Olive Ridley from Malindi……

Rehabilitation report and  Autopsy Results for Lamu Marine Conservation Trust for the 26th of April, 09 to the 2nd of May, 09.
Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea)   
CCL – 53.2 Centimetres
CCW – 52.6 Centimetres
Tag number KE2619

General condition analysis

On admittance to the rehab centre the turtle was assessed looking at external body condition, in water turtle behaviour and responses was then assessed.

External appearance of the turtle and condition showed it to be Dehydrated and appeared sick.Once in water (50 centimetre depth) the turtle was suffering from floating syndrome. The carapace was soft particularly along the joint between the Lateral and the marginal scutes. After external analysis the turtle was taken for x-rays to determine if there was any internal damage or blockages

X-ray analysis
The x ray revealed numerous gas packages were lodged in the intestines which as attributing to its dehydrated and malnourished state.

Treatment and rehabilitation activities

Initial treatment consisted of;
• 60mls of re-hydration fluid
• de-gassing
• A series of 60mls of vegetable puree that had a combination of multi – vitamin, cod liver oil and calcium ( medication was administered 3 times daily)
• A dose of praziquantel, medicine that control blood flukes was served together with Metamide (medicine that stimulates the effect of intestine and de-gas (for expelling stranded gas in the intestines)

Response to treatment

1-2 days, swimming gentle on the surface using the rear flippers more to guide the body taking the targeted direction as she had 100% of one of the front flipper missing.

2-3 days, in the morning before feeding, she was resting still in a corner of the tank with half of the rear body seating on the base. She passed small slimy greenish defecate while feeding. She was buoyant and gently swimming when placed back in the tank.

3-4 days, she was exactly like day 2-3 only that in the evening whist relaxing on the surface the right side of the body was more submerged and appeared hanging at an angle.

4-5 days, in the same corner of the tank, she was resting at an angle with the right rear body more submerged in the morning. Passed small slimy defecate while taking her out of the tank for feeding. Again she was buoyant when placed back in the tank.

5-6 days, in the morning she was gently swimming on the surface and in circles. She was of similar behaviour in the afternoon and relaxing on the surface in the evening.

6-7 days, in the morning, the right rear body was resting on the floor of the tank and the head elevate onto the surface. More relaxed than usual even the time of feeding. In the evening, both rear flippers had come together tight and the right front flipper fold under the plastron / chest. Water in the tank was lowered to only the depth of covering the carapace and a towel placed under the head for easy breathing. She deceased in a little while after these efforts.

Results of rehabilitation

Despite the regular administration of medication and feeding which initially resulted in an improvement the patient died on Saturday 26th of April 2009. The belief is that the medication administered was too late to totally arrest the condition and whilst the turtle showed an initial improvement it was only in response to rehydration and feeding

Autopsy
Internal organs appeared normal. Rehab food was half way in the digestive system. Presences of few air packages plus very small amount of greenish liquefy food in the colon. The web tissues holding the veins and arteries that are connected to the intestines had lots of green colouring as opposed to brownish or creamy. This indicates presence of infection (Still gathering information what specific infection it is). 
Presence of infection in the tissues connecting the intestines. Food was perfectly half way flowing system.

NB//: Due to the duration of ailment the turtle had undergone, she had a short time to allow the medication take effect.
If you require any further information reading the turtle, its treatment or autopsy please contact

Kahindi Changawa
Phone – 0728 994299
Field Manager
Local Ocean Trust- Watamu Turtle Watch

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TERESAS’ SHORT STUDY ON LAMU MARINE.

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As an MSc Ecotourism student from the University of Portsmouth I set out to come to Kenya to do my dissertation on community involvement in turtle conservation. I found out about the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LAMCOT) through Tusk Trust. The decision to visit LAMCOT was based on their achievement to involve the community and to link ecotourism with conservation. My aim was to find out more how the community benefits and what is being done to involve the community with turtle conservation.

My experience at LAMCOT was beyond expectation. The pioneer Carol Korshen has set up a conservation group that links tourism with conservation and which has resulted in benefits both for the community and for the wildlife. The hard work that is being done by the coordinator Atwaa Salim, the field officer Famau and the project assistant Hasanaat is very impressive. The benefits seem to extend to a large group of the community members, and there is a focus on education and awareness amongst children and adults which has made a difference in changing people’s perception of conservation. There is an extended network of people involved from tourism stakeholders, community members and local fisherman in the area who all work together to protect the turtles, which seems to be the key to success. The team has managed to build the trust and relationship with community members and as a result the benefits have extended to a large group.

One of the days spent at LAMCOT was particularly special as I got to adopt a turtle which was brought to Peponi Hotel by a group of fishermen. The whole procedure was fascinating, from measuring, tagging and releasing the turtles safely back into the sea. I could sense the excitement from the guests at Peponi Hotel and it is truly a unique experience for the guests to encounter and be part of. I also took a trip through the mangroves to Manda Island where I saw one of the nesting sites and met with the patrollers. It was amazing to see how untouched and beautiful the area is, a peaceful and natural sanctuary for the turtles to lay their eggs. As an Ecotourism student I was very pleased to witness the first hand benefit of ecotourism and community conservation, it is an experience which I highly recommend. I would like to say thank you to the people involved at LAMCOT for the unforgettable experience and their warm hospitality. My research was a huge success as LAMCOT seems to be a leader in involving the community to benefit from turtle conservation.

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OUR TURTLES HAVE COME BACK HOME!!!!

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Lamu Marine Conservation Trust has been collecting data from 1992 on turtle nesting. During this period the increment of turtle nests on Shella Beach has been consistent .We are now witnessing the return of these turtles seasonally to their natal location.

Our efforts of releasing, protecting and monitoring baby turtles safely back to the sea continues. Recently juvenile and adult turtles tagged and released to the ocean have come back to nest.

Lamu Marine Conservation Trust would like to thank the community and all sponsors for supporting us in our conservation efforts.

Thank you very much!!! 

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TURTLE RELEASE

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Thank You Nayan Shah!
Lamu Marine would like to thank Nayan Shah,

(Associate Professor of History,Califonia) for his

support on our project;When he sponsored a

turtle on behalf of Patrizia Chu during his visit

to Lamu.
It was a very wonderful occasssion from the side

of Lamu Marine to have Neyan supporting our

project,Thank you!
 
We will keep in touch

Lamu Marine Conservation Trust Newsletter December ,08

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Best Wishes for the New Year!!                                                  

We want to send our best wishes to all our friends in conservation from the western archipelago of Lamu District; Coast Province; Kenya.

We do send our acknowledgment to Tust Trust www.tusk.org our main sponsors in England to whom without there assistance we wouldn’t have done much.  

LAMCOT greatly appreciates all donations from both nest and tag adopters.

Lamu Marine Conservation project is indebted to Carol Korschen and her husband Lars (Management Peponi Hotel and Pioneers of the Project) for their support.

Many thanks go to the turtle team for their zeal and diligence in all matters pertaining to conservational activities.

Lamu Marine Conservation Trust is indebted by the work of KESCOM (Kenya Sea Turtle Conservation Committee) for their incessant support on Data collection, update on conservational issues etc.

We also send our thanks to Merry Joe and Louis from Kizingo for their support with respect to all conservational activities in Shella Beach. LaMCoT would also like to direct its appreciation to the entire community for having accepted to join their hands which are indispensable paddles for the excellence of this project.
Hope you enjoy reading our news….!!!!

Turtle protection

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The year 2008 was great in terms of number of baby turtles released.  Lamcot released 40,000 baby turtles. On the side of tagging it has tagged and released 200 adults and juvenile turtles. We had a few cases on mortality of both juvenile and baby turtles.  

The Education Project
The above project is still on at the four Schools in Lamu and by 2009 the project is expected to be more extended to the eastern archipelago once the Dhow project gets funded.
The syllabus covers all angles of environmental conservation and with bits of making the kids sophisticated.

Awareness and education activities will enhance the impact of conservation initiatives by enabling school children and the local communities have a greater understanding of environmental issues as well as provide a cleaner environment for all i.e. through beach clean ups.  TUSK TRUST education package has been very useful to this project. 

Bees and Conservation
The ten hives are already installed at the Kibuyuni area, but we had a problem as some of the hives were being vandalized.   We have moved them to a safer place near the community leaving there.

This place is where Ama environmental kindness club going to have its project on mangrove rehabilitation while the bee project for all schools (During time of excursions) after they finish the bee topic (Lecture).

Adviser from PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts) 15th-30th November

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In September 2008 Carol Korschen,  the  Director of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LaMCoT), sent a request to PUM for assistance in the development of LaMCoT’s work in environmental protection, conservation of animals and plants, and wise use of water. The application mentioned the existence of a turtle protection scheme and programme for capacity building for Lamu fishermen. Fortunately, the request was accepted and we had an adviser; Mr.Fer Von der assen to our project from 15th-30th stayed at Peponi Hotel.
The PUM expert’s s Mission was to be able to assess the activities of LaMCoT and to help it with the possible recommendation.  Eventually on November 18th a work plan meeting was held and it was agreed to discuss all LaMCoT’s (sub) projects individually on the basis of a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), followed by a list of recommendations. This procedure was also followed for the discussions on funding, staff and organization. We are now following the annual recommendations based on Mr.Fer Von Der Assen; which is of very helpful in implementing our mission. Thank you very much Fer!

Community mobilization
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We collaborating with Professor Shekuwe and other BMU’s of Lamu to save and protect the only snorkeling area in Lamu’ Manda Toto’. Nevertheless, people are exploiting it : aquarium fishing, illegal fishing methods by locals and foreigners, ornamental fishing etc. is really pushing this asset on the wall. We are now aiming to develop a holistic approach to conservation and management of the marine resources for the benefit of local community.

Babo Project
The above project which is meant for disseminating conservational information to the Eastern part of Lamu archipelago is still pending as we are waiting for an umbrella.  We are soliciting for a sponsor, Sarah, the project manager for Tusk in Africa has already sent a concept paper to them.  Also Carol Korschen is looking for sponsor at Peponi with some people she knows.  Al Miftah Dhow is ready for transportation. Lars from Peponi Hotel has paid for it while we are looking for the 10,000 Gb to pay it off.  The Dhow will not only be used for the  Medical/Educational trips on the north, but also for taking the kids in our environment clubs out on trips, snorkeling, Exchange visits, visiting projects on the ground, community mobilization ( a good example is when we mobilize the community when Pemba fishermen intruded to our fishing grounds with their destructive fishing methods).  
How you can get involved in Lamcot and its activities….
Lamu Marine Conservation Trust has its own Bank account for members and well wishers to deposit funds.  To do this you will need the following information:

Swift Code:  KCBLKENX
Beneficiary: Lamu Marine Conservation Trust
Account Number:  205 670 971

Alternatively funds could be sent to Tusk Trust in England
Tusk Trust.
UK Reg 803118

” Tusk Turtles, Lamu”
And sent to:

Tust Trust
5 Townbridge House
High Street
Gillingham
Dorset
SP8 4AA

Tusk is our main sponsors.  www.tusk.org

WE ARE HAPPY TO RECEIVE DONATIONS INFORM OF MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO ALREADY .SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY BECOMING AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF LAMCOT
YOU CAN REGISTER YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY EMAILING US AT: dotatwa@yahoo.com or kasa@peponi-lamu.com