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  • 98% success rate for saved green turtle nest

    Pro-active nest monitoring & protection yields 98% success rate for the green turtle nest! Do you remember the big storms and tides we experienced mid July which caused significant erosion along sections of the riparian zone in the Watamu MPA? The serious erosion prompted our team to take precautionary action and relocate nest number 20 […]

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  • Kenya BRUV project

    Earlier this year we began our first deployments of the Kenya BRUV project. It is part of a broader project led by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), spanning multiple countries in the West Indian Ocean: Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique. This particular project and sampling series follows from a 2018 Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) project conducted […]

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  • 2x the impact

    Let’s double the impact!To celebrate sea turtle week we have a generous donor who will match your donation! This match-funded campaign is administered by Bahari Hai’s partner, Aga-artenschutz

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  • Marine turtles of the African east coast

    Although published literature regarding the 5 species of marine turtle found along the continental African east coast has grown substantially over the last decades, a comprehensive synthesis of their status and ecology is lacking. Using a mixed methods approach, which com- bined an exhaustive literature review and expert elicitation, we assessed the distribution and magnitude of nesting, foraging areas, connectivity, and anthropogenic threats for these species in Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa. A complex pattern of nesting sites, for- aging areas, and migration pathways emerged that identified areas of high importance in all 5 countries, although significant data gaps remain, especially for Somalia. Illegal take, bycatch, and loss of foraging and nesting habitat were identified as the most serious anthropogenic threats. Although these threats are broadly similar along most of the coast, robust data that enable quan- tification of the impacts are scarce. Experts identified regional strengths and opportunities, as well as impediments to turtle conservation. Topics such as legislation and enforcement, collaboration, local stakeholders, and funding are discussed, and future directions suggested. Given the pro- jected growth in human population along the continental African east coast and expected accom- panying development, anthropogenic pressures on turtle populations are set to increase. Stronger regional collaboration and coordination within conservation and research efforts are needed if current and future challenges are to be tackled effectively.

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  • Ungwana Bay & Surrounds

    The Ungwana Bay and surrounds region is a key section of Kenya’s coastline that has never received sufficient attention for turtle conservation efforts. One can go as far back as 1974 when researcher Jack Fraser stated the region to be the “most significant turtle nesting area in Kenya, with possibly several hundred turtles a year”. […]

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  • New nesting season kicks off in Watamu MPA

    The new nesting season for Watamu MPA has kicked off with the first Olive Ridley nest being laid. This nest signals the start of the new nesting season, over the years we have seen the new nesting season in Watamu starting in November and December, with the olive ridley species laying before the more common […]

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  • Bahari Hai gets wheels

    A brand new car ! Wheels for Conservation! Our brand new car is here! A dream that has come true. Transport has been one of our biggest challenge and we are so grateful to our supporters for their efforts to make this possible. Thanks to AGA  in collaboration with Bahari Hai for making it possible […]

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  • Engage with us online

    Bahari getting social  At the moment things are pretty hectic at Bahari. The launch of a whole new organisation obviously takes a whole lot of time. Having our own website live soon was a priority. Now that the Bahari Hai website is live, we found time to launch our own facebook page. We need to spread our message across […]

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  • Sea turtle training in Kiunga, Northern Kenya

    Transferring our skills up North Bahari Hai’s first sea turtle training programme conducted. A request by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Fauna & Flora International, we were taken way up North to Mkokoni village (Lamu). This village is blessed with numerous sea turtle nesting beaches and foraging grounds to the west in Kiunga Marine Reserve. The […]

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  • International Coastal Cleanup

    Watamu CleanUp The International Coastal Cleanup was conducted on the 18th of September, 2021. The event was coordinated by KWS in collaboration with different stakeholders drawn from government bodies, local NGOs, women groups, Associations, hotels and the general public.  An event that’s held across the globe, Watamu chose to be in the fore front to be part of the […]

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