Local Ocean Conservation

Turtle Bay Road, Plot 203, Watamu, Kenya

Region Active

Africa

Non-profit

1997

Activity

Marine conservation, protection of marine life, turtles, mangroves, coral reefs, education

Description

Initially started to protect turtles, now Local Ocean focuses on the conservation of turtles as well as mangroves and coral reefs, and educates to achieve a sustainable relationship between man and oceanwater Turtle Watch is their flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it sits under ocean conservation along with Diani Turtle Watch, Bycatch release, beach profiling and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of ocean conservation, education and outreach programmes aim at ensuring the future of the marine environment including community involvement and development, and research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya’s marine resources.