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2011 Turtle Camp – Love the Sea Turtle

May 22, 2011

This year, turtle camp had entered its 16th years of educating kids from SK Redang on both sea turtle conservation and marine environment related issues. The camp was conducted from 19th – 21st May 2011 at Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary. A total of 38 students participated in this camp where they were divided into two groups. Each group camped at the sanctuary for 2 days 1 night. This year Turtle Camp was sponsored wholly by Industry Networking and Community Service Center (INComS) of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and BERJAYA Redang Resort. The opening ceremony was officiated on the first day by the Vice Director from Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS), Dr. Zainuddin bin Bachok. In his speech he had emphasized that “Outreach program among the youth is a really important platform to create a better leader in future”.

During the camp, students were taught about sea turtle conservation and marine related issues in an interactive way. Besides that, they were given opportunity to experience hands-on on how a mother sea turtle nests at night. This session is the highlight of the camp because students are able to witness the hardship during oviposition thus, reducing the consumerism of eggs in Terengganu.

Sea turtle themed games were also introduced to the kids such as Turtle Hunt, Turtle board game, Guess and Action game, Turtle origami competition and also a Turtle-theme drawing competition. By the end of the day, the wining teams were awarded with prizes for their healthy competition throughout the camp. Before biding goodbye, a leader from each group will lead a “Jangan makan Telur Penyu” pledge which means “Stop eating sea turtle eggs”. Kids are the mediator to their parents and the pillars of the future. They will lead the new globalization and to achieve this, early awareness and outreach are essential.

Overall, the camp was a successful one because the kids did not only had fun but at the same time were inspired to be junior sea turtle saviour!

Welcome lunch at BERJAYA Redang Resort

Opening ceremony officiated by Dr. Zainuddin Bachok

Interactive speech on Sea Turtle in Malaysia and their threats faced

Nest excavation and analysis

Turtle board game

Drawing and colouring competition

Jangan makan telur penyu” pledge

Thanks to BERJAYA Redang for the transportation and scrumptious meals!

2011 Turtle Camp in press (Sinar Harian, 1st June 2011)

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31st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation

April 17, 2011

This year 31st Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation was held at The Town and Country Resort, San Diego, California. The 5 days symposium was from the 12th till 16th April 2011 with the theme The Next Generation of Research and Conservation. This symposium was different from the past symposium as it recognise and support student contributions to the society and also to highlight how students have advanced research and conservation on sea turtles around the world. A student day was organised on the 13th April followed by a student mixer later in the evening where students from all continents were able to exchange idea and create international network. This year keynote presenters were Peter C.H. Pritchard and Karen A. Bjornal who touches the heart of the audiences by their very motivating presentations. The symposium was divided into two parts that is oral presentation and poster presentation sessions.

Two oral presentations were presented during the symposium under the Threats and Population Assessment sessions, which are:

1. “Determination of Natal Origins of Juvenile Green Turtles foraging at Sipadan waters, Sabah, Malaysia” by Dr. Juanita Joseph

2. “Genetics investigation on Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) carcasses from the 2007 Poching Incidence in Sabah Waters” by Chong Yee Kuen

Three poster presentations were presented under the  Health and Rehabilitation, Breeding Biology and Threats sessions, which are:

1. ” How do captive-raised Hawksbill Turtles perform when released back to the wild?” by Assoc. Prof. Liew Hock Chark

2. “Malaysian Green Turtle Eggs: A shocking discovery on toxic heavy metals and saturated fatty acids composition” by Siti Norazliyana Ali

3. “Sea Turtle Conservation Program at Chagar Hutang Beach, Redang Island, Malaysia” by Lionel Harith Sebastian Daraup

Dr. Juanita presenting during the population assessment session on the 16th April 2011

Chong Yee Kuen talking about the Hainan Poaching Incidence through genetic analysis on the 13th April 2011

Yana Ali and Lionel Harith  presenting during the poster presentation

A group photo with the beloved Dr. Karen Eckert

This symposium truly exceeded our expectations and everyone really enjoyed themselves throughout the symposium. Thank you so much to Univesiti Malaysia Terengganu for letting us to attend this symposium and also not forgetting Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) for the support on our project. A special thanks to the 31st Sea Turtle Symposium for the grants.

THANK YOU SO MUCH from us!

THANK YOU BERJAYA for the RM100K!

April 13, 2011

Prof. Dr. Noor Azhar Mohamed Shazili (Vice Chancellor of UMT Academic and International Affair), receiving the cheque on behalf of SEATRU

On the 12th April 2011, SEATRU was invited to BERJAYA Founder’s Day cheque giving ceremony in Kuala Lumpur. The cheque amounted to RM100, 000 was given by Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor. The donation will be used for our one year sea turtle research in Chagar Hutang.

We would like to express our sincere thank you for this long term generous support!

Together we care for sea turtles!

UMT Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity & Conservation) visits Chagar Hutang

March 6, 2011

Third year students of UMT Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity & Conservation) were given opportunity to experience first hand on sea turtle conservation done by SEATRU. The 3 days 2 nights field trip which was held from 3rd till 5th of March 2011 focuses on marine conservation and environmental issues. This program  was participated by 38 students.

The field trip was one of the syllabusss for the course Marine Biodiversity and Conservation under the supervision of Dr. Juanita Joseph. Throughout the stay students were taught on how to conduct a nest excavation and analysis, patrolling for turtles at night, measuring and tagging sea turtles, coastal clean up (consisting of wash up trash and tar balls) and a site visit at tourism spots in Redang to understand how tourism affects the environment and ecosystem.

Besides that, students were able to snorkel in front of Chagar Hutang bay to identify different marine species. This field trip truly had reached out to the students to be more responsible towards the marine environment as well as the biodiversities surrounding them. It is hope that in future the students are able to show stewardship in protecting the blue planet. Together we care for our sea turtles and marine environment!

Clockwise (a) Getting ready to Redang from Teluk Pasu; (b) Boat transfer to Chagar Hutang Beach; (c) Onsite briefing by Dr. Juanita Joseph

Beach clean up and segregating the wash up trash

BBQ at night

Nest excavation and analysis

Tar ball clean up led by Dr. Juanita and the amount of tar balls collected from Chagar Hutang 

A site visit to a tourism spot in Redang

Quiz on the island

After all the learning, it time to self pampered yourself at our exclusive prawn spa!

2011 Updated Volunteer Schedule!

March 6, 2011

Hello there turtle lovers!

The new volunteer schedule is out! Please log in to this website to check slots availabilities!

https://seatru.wordpress.com/activities/volunteer-program/volunteer-schedule-2/

JOIN US! BE A TURTLE VOLUNTEER!

TOGETHER WE CARE FOR TURTLES!

:: For those whose names are removed we are really sorry.

SEATRU at BERJAYA Founder’s Day

February 26, 2011

A group photo with Tan Sri Vincent Tan and the 28 beneficiaries

In conjunction with the celebration of Berjaya’s Founder’s Day last Saturday (26th February 2011), a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project was carried out at Berjaya Times Square from 11am to 7pm. Themed “Building Communities, Enriching Lives”, this exciting project aims to engage “community partners” (made up of the general public, local celebrities, non-governmental organizations, and Berjaya’s staff and business associates including SEATRU) to work together to promote volunteerism, the spirit of giving back to society, and a higher awareness of issues affecting our society.  The inaugural Berjaya Founder’s Day charity carnival was a resounding success, and culminated in RM3 million being raised for 28 charitable organisations.

Turtle mascot for BERJAYA Founder’s Day

SEATRU team at Berjaya Founder’s Day

2011 First Visit to Chagar Hutang

February 22, 2011

Today was our first visit to Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, Redang Island in 2011. The sea was quite rough yesterday, but we managed to reach CH safely. Our staff have been monitoring the nesting since 1st Jan 2011, and at the moment we have 20 nests incubated on the beach. We also saw sea turtles mating on the bay. Cleaning operation will be done on the first and second week of March.

A view of the Volunteer Quarters and Turtle Gallery

Chagar Hutang Beach after the monsoon