Marine Savers team of marine biologists established a sea turtle conservation programme in 2011, following concern over dwindling sea turtle populations across the Maldives. Their government-endorsed programme is concerned with three key areas of turtle conservation: the protection of turtle nests followed by assisted rearing for any sick or injured hatchlings; the rehabilitation of injured turtles and photo identification techniques and satellite tracking including post release monitoring.
On a recent visit to the Maldives, the Olsen's visited their facility. They recognised the wonderful work that they were doing and assisted the team to help them improve their rehabilitation programme by funding the construction of a new in-ocean turtle rehabilitation pen. The turtles in Marine Savers care are now able to be rehabilitated in a natural but safe environment before being released. Marine Savers create prosthetic limbs for those who have endured terrible injuries, usually from boat engines or fishing nets to give them the best possible chance of survival.
Marina Savers also combines costal protection and marine ecology to restore coral using coral frames with the hope of representing a credible proactive adaptation to the present climate scenario. To date they have transplanted more than 3,000 coral frames (covering 2 hectares) using over 40 species of corals. These new reefs act as refuge areas for animals and a soruce of spawn fo rthe coral species as well as contributing to overall diversity and productivity of the reef.
What Rescapers Project does
Rescue, rehabilitate and release turtles
Care for turtles that are too injured to be released
Restore damaged reefs in the Maldives using coral frames
How Olsen Animal Trust helps
Funded the build of an in-ocean turtle rehabiliation pen
Meet some of the characters
The 'on land' turtle rehab tanks
Moving the new pen into the sea
The in-ocean pen from above
Chomper enjoying his new enclosure
Placing coral propagation frames
Marine biologists Carla and Audrey
For further information on the work of Marine Savers please visit www.marinesavers.com