Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao

by Friends of Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Presentation nicky
Presentation nicky

The 2019 season is slowly coming to an end. However, we are still seeing nesting activities and the monitoring of the beaches still continues. We check all the beaches 3 times a week. It hasn't been the best season. So far we registered a little over 30 nests. 

The turtle rescues are also a regular activity for our staff. Mostly Ard Vreugdenhil is the one to go out and help injured turtles. We so far had 2 incidents with loggerheads, otherwise it is mostly green turtles that are in distress. 

This season we had 4 interns assisting us. 2 of them already finished their internship and returned back home. The 7th of November all of them gave a presentation for interested volunteers about their work.

Amber, Isa and Nicky focussed on sea turtle population research. They collect and order data about resident sea turtles and they use oictures of the turtles to identify the individual turtles.

Eva focussed on education. We set up a specifically designed education program in collaboration with Green Phenix and FBTT travel. 3000 kids got a presentation about sea turtles and the threat of plastic pollution. We also incentivised the kids to collect plastic bottles and this worked better then expected, because kids collected a total of 30573 plastic bottles, that will be locally recycled, which prevents the plastic from ending up in the ocean. 

Also we are working on an expension of our #artforawareness piece in Sambil. More about this will follow soon!

resuce at klein
resuce at klein
turtle rescue
turtle rescue
release
release
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loggerhead
Amber
Amber
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Dear donor,

We are happy to announce the publication of our annual report of 2018. Although it came out a little later than we have hoped, we are very proud of the end result and all the activities that took place in 2018.

Many thanks to everybody involved with STCC in 2018, everybody involved with putting together this report and special thanks to Karina Vasiljeva to make the great layout of the report.

We hope you will enjoy reading it and we would like to sincerely thank you for your support to our cause.

Without the support of donors we would not be able to do all the work we have been doing for sea turtles and their habitat, so masha masha danki. We hope that for the following year we can again count on your support. 

Together we can make the necessary change and we really do need action. We have a lot of exciting activities planned for the remainder of 2019 and we will do our best to protect sea turtles and their habitat to the best of our abilities, using research, conservation and education as the most important drivers.

Thank you again for your support in the last year. We could not have done what we did without you!


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Turtle in the plastic ocean
Turtle in the plastic ocean

On May 23rd the art installation "Our plastic ocean" was officially opened in Sambil Mall. Minister Koeiman of the labor department opened the installation together with Jayden Booi, a young STCC volunteer that helped with the creation of the Turtle Phenix, that rises out of the plastic.

The Thurtle Phenix is one part of the installation that consists of 4 parts. The first part is a photo/illustration wall which shows beautiful pictures of the different species of sea turtles that are found around Curacao. Pictures and illustrations were donated for this purpose by Dawn Witherington, Kostas Papafitsoros and Gail Johnson. The second part is a plastic curtain made out of bottle caps. These curtains were made by no less then 70 children. Behind the curtain is an colorful waal painting made by Claire Hol. 

In the middle of the hallway there is a enclosement of 3m x 9m filled with blue and green plastic bottles, representing the ocean. In the ocean there are replica sea turtles and the Turtle Phenix.

The whole installation was created as a collaborative project by Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao and Green Phenix. The art installation aims to create more awareness about sea turtles and the threats of plastic pollution. 

More than 100 people contributed to the installation and a lot of people came to the opening. It will remain in Sambil for at least 3 months and in this time period there will be an awareness campaign help that helps to link plastic consumption to pollution and conservation. 

opening ceremony
opening ceremony
Turtle Phenix, rising out of the plastic
Turtle Phenix, rising out of the plastic
Jayden Booi, one of the youth ambassadors
Jayden Booi, one of the youth ambassadors
Minister Hensley Koeiman giving a speech
Minister Hensley Koeiman giving a speech

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Overwhelmed after receiving the GCA
Overwhelmed after receiving the GCA

Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao & Green Phenix win Grassroots Conservation Award

Last week Sabine Berendse and Ard Vreugdenhil represented Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao during the 39th International Sea Turtle Symposium in Charleston. They participated in 6 workshops, presented in 3, showed the music video “Can you see” which was made at the beginning of 2018 and was a collaborative project with a dozen local artists. Sabine Berendse also presented in the “Future of Conservation” session.

The presentation in the “Future of Conservation” session about ‘effective conservation through collaboration with precious plastic initiatives’ was candidate for the Grassroots Conservation Award (GCA). The criteria is that the presentation demonstrates a positive contribution by a grassroots group or individual towards conservation of marine turtles and their habitats.

In her presentation Sabine showed that a collaborative approach with the Precious Plastic community, which counts 40K members worldwide, can make huge global impact on reducing plastic pollution by taking local action in repurposing post- consumer plastic. Reducing waste stream output by stimulating circular economy systems can prevent plastic from ending up in the ocean. She showed several product possibilities and for her presentation she wore a meaningful dress from label dresscode010, which is made out of 17 recycled PET bottles.

The founding of Green Phenix as a social enterprise was explained and partners like LIMPI, Green Force, 2ndlife Curacao, Dresscode010 and BA3d printing were recognized.

During the award ceremony the grassroots conservation award was the last award that was announced, following the lifetime awards in which several conservation heroes were recognized, like Jeffrey Miller, Rod Mast and Wallace J Nichols. Obviously the results of STCC would not have been possible without the amazing support of the fantastic volunteers and partners, so the award was dedicated to them. Receiving the Grassroots Conservation Award is a huge honor!

Does what we doe matter
Does what we doe matter
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Symposium setting
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Photo ID workshop
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PID workshop participants
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Release at Klein
Release at Klein

It has been a few busy months...

With the nesting season in it's peak, we have done quite some nest excavations. We found one nest with a lot of deformed hatchlings, which was sad but also very interesting. On Klein Curacao we have been able to help quite a few desoriented hatchlings. Only 2 more months left in the season. We are working on an overview and in the next report we will be able to give an overview of how many turtles were born on our islands

Futhermore we had to perform quite a few number of turtle rescues, because of hooking and entanglement incidents. Fortunately we have a very motivated and proffesional team, who have been able to save 100% of the turtles that were reported as hooked.

A huge thanks goes out to all the people supporting our work. We could not do it without you!

Newspaper article about rescues
Newspaper article about rescues
Weighing a turtle after hook removal
Weighing a turtle after hook removal
hatching finding it's way to the ocean
hatching finding it's way to the ocean
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Location: Willemstad, Curacao - Curaçao
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