World Turtle News, 08/08/2017
Oman announces new initiative for protection of sea turtles in nature reserve
A new Ministerial Decision intends to regulate Oman’s Turtle Reserve, in order to protect the turtles and allow for safe visits by the public.
A new Ministry of Environment Decision has been issued, in order to regulate visitation to the Turtle Reserve, and protect its wildlife and animals from harm.
“Sea turtles are an important part of Oman’s natural heritage. If we would like to see them continue to visit Oman’s nesting beaches for generations to come, it is necessary to ensure that these beaches are well managed,” said Suaad Al Harthi, programme director at the Environmental Society of Oman (ESO).
“Sea turtles are sensitive to disturbance, noise and light, we therefore appreciate the Ministry’s regulation efforts and encourage their enforcement,” she added.
The new law prohibits visitors from being able to enter the reserve, camp, or spend the night, without prior permit from the Ministry of Environment. Individuals are also not allowed to bring pets with them inside the reserve.
Individuals must also be accompanied by registered monitors or guides whenever they want to enter the turtle nesting beaches at night.
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Photo from Time Of Oman.