CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION RECEIVED FUNDING ASSISTANCE

A Hawksbill turtle underwater. Photo credit: celebrating200years.noaa.gov

A Hawksbill Turtle underwater. Photo credit: celebrating200years.noaa.gov

The Malaulalo Conservation and Tourism Association of the Three Sister Island on Makira Ulawa Province has received funding assistance worth around $57,000 from the Rufford Foundation of England.

Chairman of the Association Dennis Marita told SIBC News the funding will enable conservationists, researchers and conservation trainers to support the resource owners and community of Malaulalo to move on with their conservation program.

He says the conservation focuses on the endangered species of the Hawksbill Turtle.

“The conservation assistance for Malaulalo Island Conservation and Tourism Association is basically to conserve Hawksbill turtles, as many of us know or never knew that Hawksbill turtles are one of the most endangered speciesĀ of turtles in the world at the moment. For us in the Solomon Islands, we are very fortunate that we still have these turtles coming around our islands for breeding and reproduction.”

Mr. Marita also acknowledged the Rufford Foundation for their support, saying the conservation work is similar to Tetepare Conservation and Arnavon Conservation.

He says with the funding, the Association can now start their work.

“…which is one of the areas we are handicapped in over the years. We have one or two boats but cannot afford an engineĀ as it is quite expensive, so through this funding we were able to acquire an outboard motor engine that will help in the monitoring process of the project. And so now we are able to maneuver and have mobility as we are surrounded by the ocean, so that is one of the greatest assistance provided by this funding.”

Malaulalo Island is about 35km from Kirakira, the provincial capital of Makira Ulawa Province.

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