SEA TURTLES

HSI has been supporting the Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) since 2011.

There are only seven species of sea turtle in the world and six of them are found in Indonesian waters. The critically endangered Hawksbill turtle, endangered Green and Loggerhead turtles, vulnerable Olive Ridley and Leatherback turtles and the Flatback turtle (whose conservation status is unknown due to a lack of data).

BSTS runs community-based conservation programs to help protect these turtles from poaching and to work to educate and change local behaviour from consuming turtles to conserving them.

One of the key activities is nest protection. The team works with volunteers to record the location, number and species of sea turtles laying eggs.

Then they relocate the eggs to a protected hatchery safe from poachers, tourist traffic and feral dogs until they are ready to hatch when they are returned to the beach for release back to the wild.

The teams also works to rescue, rehabilitate and release stranded turtles during the west monsoon season and conducts a host of education activities for both locals and tourists.