Category Archives: Turtles

Thank you Sophie,your sister and your friends for your excellent work


Left Camille Basurta, next Sophie Broach.Right Joanna Valk ,next Julia Broach
Lamu Marine Conservation Trust would like to thank Sophie Broach for her generous support on the turtle project.
Sophie is a resident of UK of 16years. She raised $ 900 from a bake sale on behalf of Lamu Marine Conservation.

Sophie visited Lamu together with her family and they were very much impressed on our noble work.
Also, we would like to thank Sophie’s friends and her family for their support.

Always looking forward for your continuous support.

Thank You Thomas Betchler


  Mr.Thomas Betchler                                                       

Lamu Marine would like to thank Thomas Betchler for his perpetual support on the project. He has his own house on Manda Island. Thomas and his Son has been sponsoring so many turtles when they were accidentally caught by fishermen. One day Thomas decided to visit Pate Island of eastern archipelago. On the way he saw a turtle accidentally caught by fisherman. He gave them compensation instead of them slaughtering it. Lamu marine Team is very thankful to you Thomas and we will keep in touch. Thank you Thomas and your family.



Every three years turtles swim hundreds of miles
to lay their eggs on the same beaches where they were born.

The male and female turtle mate in the sea. Then the female turtle
swims to shore. With her flippers she digs a deep hole in the sand,
where she lays many round white eggs.In the hole, her eggs will be
safe and warm until they hatch.

The egg chamber

During the next ten to thirty days the female turtle returns to the
beach several times to lay as many as 200 eggs. In their secret nest,
the eggs will stay dry and protected.

When she is sure her eggs are safe, the female turtle returns to the sea.
After seven weeks the eggs starts to hatch!
Each baby turtle has a special egg tooth on its beak. This tooth helps
the baby break through the shell.

The green baby turtle out of it

After they hatch, the babies dig themselves out of the hole at night
and scamper to the sea.

Nest number 06 0f 08 at Takwa, the scampering

In a few years they will come back to the same
beach and have babies of their own!


Wel come to Lamu Marine Conservation Trust. 

Do You Know What Happened Last Week!!?

 Like father like son and like son like father!

This is my DAD salim.  He was fishing in side the Mangroove
channel in Lamu, Shela. Suddenly he fetl some thing heavy and
soo fast in taking his line out of his hand.  Just to let you
know that he was in his small canoe.

In the first place he thought of a big Shark, but after realizing
the way he was skeeing in his canoe he reflected back on what he
use to experience in the past. Yes, he was right, it was a big
Green Turtle.  Imagine he was unable to lift him 1.3 m
( as it was Male one) in to his canoe.  The canoa bellow was
really small to accomadate him. Another two fishermen went to
hep him and eventually he was loaded in ones of the other
fishermens’ canoe.

Like father like son and like son like father.  My father, new
what is it all about accidentally caught turtle and what does
it mean by tagging them rather than killing. We tagged him and
release him. We gave him his incentive.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get any sponsor as we are on off
season till end of next month.

By Atwaa Salim( Manager LamCoT)

Thank you Paula and the entire team at the Wildlife Direct.
The podcast embedded on our blog on my introduction to LamCoT
was really nice.  I am still on the RUN WAY.

The Miracle of Life

Who We Are…
The back bone of LamCoT is turtle conservation. In 1992 the rate of decline in turtle numbers was so extreme that Carol Korschen at Peponi Hotel decided to set up a project whereby the community were encouraged to protect turtles rather than kill them or take their eggs. The project has seen incredible results and has expanded hugely since then.



Ex poachers now patrol Shella Beach and Takwa Beach, Manda to prevent the illegal poaching of eggs and mark out new nest sites and monitor them until hatching.

Using a grant from Tusk, Donations from Nest and Tag, the local fishermen are paid incentives (depending on the size of the turtle) to bring in turtles caught in their nets accidentally to be measured, treated for any health problems, tagged and released.

These are two green turtles ready for release by sponsors.

LamCoT works under the umbrella organisation Kenya Sea Turtle Conservation Committee, KESCOM, collaborating with all turtle conservation groups up and down the Kenya Coast. Data collected on nesting, releasing, mortality and further activities concerning sustainability of biodiversity and ecosystem is sent to (KESCOM) and Tusk Trust together with the annual reports.

The turtle project has inspired leaders in the community to take it upon themselves to create awareness through the wider community and to establish a greater understanding and more sustainable use of the islands’ resources .


A community meeting with local fishermen on illegal fishing issues.

Atwaa Salim a Graduate from the University of Nairobi, who was coordinating the project via internate once at collage is now back to his community giving them a helping hand and in a full control.

Since then, the project was gaining momentum and by 2001 the project was at the threshold of prosperity. Evidence to that; clubs have been formed at different schools e.g. Shella, Ama, Matondoni and Kipungani.


Local school children on an exciting turtle education excursion.

The project started tree nurseries inconjuction with the school club. It has successfully managed to plant almost 50 seedlings of different species of trees at the airstrip.

The project is disseminating all the conservational information to the school children through videos. LaMCoT’s mobile education unit has been recently established, a projector donated by Tusk Trust. With a screen, projector, generator and video library compiled from many sources such as Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, our educational videos are shown all over Lamu, the mainland and other more inaccessible islands. We give a weekly, interactive class covering relevant local issues: Marine ecosystems, Agroforestry, recycling and AIDS awareness. And have field trips in the area for beach clean ups, nature walks.