Two leatherback turtle nesting sites in Rakhine protected by fencing and warning posts

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An official from Kyeintali Inshore Fisheries Co-management Association (KIFCA) said that a nearly extinct leatherback turtle had come ashore twice to lay eggs in Kyeintali, Thandwe district, Rakhine state, and that these two nesting sites werebeing protected by fencing and warning signs.

It came ashore to nest near zone (3) of Kyeintali coastal co-management area on 30 December, and another leatherback turtle also laid eggs in zone (2) on January 9, he said.

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One such turtle had laid eggs three years ago, but no hatchlingshatched because seawater touched the  nesting site. Learning from this, the current two sites are under close observations for seawater intrusion and it is under arrangement to construct a small fence similar to an embankment, he said.

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“Although they are sea turtles, if their nesting sites are covered with or touched by seawater, their eggs will not hatch. As they are a rare species, we are taking care of them to avoid what happened three years ago. Since this is normally a high-tide area, we have to consider whether seawater can reach these sites. If it can, we have instructed the monitoring groups to build anembankment-like structure to prevent the water from entering,” he explained.

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In addition to the fencing, warning signs have been posted at each site stating “Do not dig Turtle Nesting Site. Do not touch it”.
We went to nesting sites to put up “Do not dig. Do not touch“. We want to remind people that it is an offense under the Fisheries Law,” he added.
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