Saturday, June 19, 2021 – 4:17 PM
ABU DHABI, June 19 / WAM / With the participation of His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi launched a group of sea turtles on the shore of Al Hudayriat Island, the first of more than 150 sea turtles to be released. In stages at the main sites of the marine turtle population in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
His Highness Sheikh Diab participated in the turtle release, which is considered the largest of its kind in the region, in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Rashid Ahmed Al Hamli, Secretary General of the Executive Council, His Excellency Ahmed Matar Al Dhaheri, Director of the Office of His Highness the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region, and Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri , Secretary General of the Authority.
The rehabilitation of the turtles, after they were rescued last year, was successful with the help of the public, sea-goers, fishermen, marine environmental monitors, and a number of partners, after they were rehabilitated at the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in The National Aquarium, which provided them with advanced veterinary care. And he treated her from the diseases and injuries she was suffering from.
During the event, a turtle named “Al-Hudayriat” was chosen, which is due to the name of the island from which it was launched. A satellite tracking device was installed on its back to track its path, monitor its movements, and identify its nesting sites and places of feeding, as the data collected will contribute to strengthening the efforts of the authority. In developing plans and programs that would contribute to the conservation of sea turtles and work to reduce the risks they face.
As part of its commitment to preserving endangered species, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi has been conducting research studies and monitoring sea turtles in order to conserve them since 1999, as it has succeeded in maintaining the stability of turtle numbers in the emirate over the past two decades.
There are two types of sea turtles in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the hawksbill turtle and the green turtle, whose numbers are estimated at about 5,000 turtles.
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