KUWAIT CITY, June 14: “We should take immediate steps to correct erroneous human practices to protect the environment and prevent the extinction of sea turtles,” says Chairman and Managing Director of The Scientific Center Kuwait (TSCK) Eng Mijbel Al-Mutawa.
Al-Mutawa made the statement at the meeting of the High Committee for Protection of Sea Turtles organized Sunday by TSCK, in coordination with Voluntary Work Center (VWC) and under the patronage of Total — a French Company with vast experience on oil and marine environment protection.
Affirming that VWC Chairperson Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah gives high importance on the project, Al-Mutawa revealed the project started in July 2008 and will continue for another three years to prevent the extinction of sea turtles, especially the green turtles, which play a crucial role in balancing the environment.
He said the team in charge of the project closely monitors the marine environment in Kuwait, particularly Qarouh and Um Al-Maradim islands, to protect turtle nests. He pointed out the ongoing tourism and military projects in these islands have disturbed the nesting process of sea turtles whose population has dwindled remarkably over the last few years.
Al-Mutawa explained the team uses a detection device to track the movements of sea turtles as accurate information on the location of this endangered species is vital in protecting them. He added TSCK is not the official body for the protection of sea turtles, but this is part of its volunteer work. He said the center has treated 30 turtles trapped in nylon nets since its inception.
On the other hand, TSCK Deputy Chairman Eng Mohamed Al-Murshid underlined the importance of environment protection in coordination with the concerned authorities. He said the committee will forward a number of recommendations to the authorities to take serious steps to maintain environmental equilibrium.
By Awad Al-Farhan
Special to the Arab Times