Spare Phone or Camera?

Hi Everyone,

I am starting my annual Turtle Protection Program on the coast of Ghana. As with previous years, we will work to protect female turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs.100_1208

The team desperately need mobile phones ( so they can keep in touch with each other when patrolling, and so they can call for help, with a camera if possible ) and digital cameras with a memory card, so they can record turtle sightings, egg laying, etc.

So , if you have a digital camera, ( with a memory card ), or phone you are not using, then please send them to us so we can use them to protect these beautiful animals.

Please email me at hpnewton@hotmail.co.uk and I will email you the postal address.

Without this protection these turtles will definitely be killed as they try to lay their eggs. As you can see below, despite this protection significant numbers of turtles were killed last year. We can only keep trying and educating, so that things will hopefully get better year on year.

Total turtles found 2013 to 2014 season = 120

Leatherback alive = 63

Leatherback killed =19

Olive Ridley alive =31

Olive Ridley killed =7
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I have someone going out to Ghana who can take these for me in 2 weeks, so if you could get them to me asap that would be great. Thank you . x

Many thanks one and all x Hugh Newton.

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Ocean Grabbing

This is a very interesting article. In African fishing communities local people are totally dependent on access to the ocean, and on being able to catch a sustainable number of fish once they get there.

At Meet Me There, while we have a seafront property, we have been very careful to make sure we do not block or disrupt off shore fishing by local fishermen.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA However, I have seen that, in other areas large hotels seal off ‘their’ patch of beach so local people, and local fishermen, no longer have access to it. This means that land that was once ‘common’ is removed from the local population and put in the hands of commercial interests.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2598963/ocean_grabbing_a_new_wave_of_21st_century_enclosures.html

As well as this we have noticed that the catches made off the beaches are falling dramatically. As far as we know this is due to huge commercial fishing fleets operating just off shore which are scooping everything out of the sea. They destroy local fishing grounds and then move on. In this way they destroy the livelihood of fishing communities who could always previously rely on the sea as a food and sustenance.  M170