Muscat: More than 300 volunteers from the Sultanate of Oman’s governorates have participated in the Turtle Protection and Monitoring Program in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate.
"The Turtle Protection and Monitoring Program launched by the Environment Authority last October continues its work in Ras Al Hadd Turtle Reserve in South Al Sharqiyah Governorate, with the participation of more than 300 volunteers from various governorates of the Sultanate of Oman. The program aims to educate the community about the protection of turtles, which are one of the components of marine life," Oman News Agency (ONA), said in a statement.
Ahlam bint Rashid Al Muqbali, head of the media team in the program, said that the program aims to protect and monitor turtles by implementing several activities such as cleaning beaches from waste, encouraging young people to volunteer and educating the local community not to use lights inside the reserve.
"At the end of the program, an analytical study will be carried out that includes information about the turtles that have been monitored, the number of baby turtles that were returned to the sea, and other information gathered during the monitoring phase that is used in the environmental performance indicators, " Ahlam Al Muqbali added.