Sep 02, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on Sea turtles visit Dongsha Atoll National Park after 4 years (Taiwan News)
It’s been four years since any green sea turtles lay eggs on the shores of Dongsha Atoll National Park in Kaohsiung. The return of the sea turtles is considered as a result of conservation efforts. The administrative team recorded the whole process with their camera.
Dongsha Atoll National Park pointed out that overfishing and environmental degradation has threatened the population of sea turtles. Thousands of turtles are killed every year as they navigate the increasingly dangerous waters of the Western Pacific seeking food and nesting grounds. The region’s green sea turtles are being pushed toward extinction by hunting, egg harvesting, pollution, destruction of habitat and injuries from passing ships. From 2009 to 2011, there was only a record of sea turtle laying eggs on the shores of the park. There are more cases where the turtles are stranded ashore because they were either trapped by fishing webs or accidentally ingested plastic bags. Only 6% sea turtles survived after being stranded ashore.
Dongsha Atoll National Park is the seventh national park in Taiwan. It is devoted to marine biodiversity conservation, with a total area of 353,668 hectares. The administrative team stressed the importance of conservation and education of environmental consciousness. It is vital for humans to change their behavior, reduce the amount of litter that pollutes the ocean and stop overfishing.