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Mana Farewells Turtle Survivor

Mana Farewells Turtle Survivor
Guest and Survivor crew gets emotional in Turtles release on Mana Island Resort. Photo: Jessie Matai
June 30
15:03 2017

Survivor Entertainment Group (SEG) and Mana Island Resort staff and families farewelled two-year-old Survivor, a Hawksbill turtle this week.

“It was very emotional to let go of little Survivor, thank you for the amazing programme,” Mrs Barbara Probst said.

The name Survivor was embraced from the Survivor Entertainment Group who were filming TV series movie Survivor around the Mamanuca Islands.

Mamanuca Environment Society project manager, Marica Vakacola said the turtle released on the day is in collaboration with the resort to create more awareness of nature.

“With the existing rehabilitation of injured sea turtles on Mana Island Resort, an exemption from the local Fisheries Department was gained in favour of educational programmes for visitors and locals and to breed injured turtles before tagging and releasing them back into the ocean,” said Mrs Vakacola.

She added that MES will continue to work with conservation partners, member resorts, schools and communities in leading the work of turtle conservation to maintain the protection of this critically endangered sea turtle population in the region.

Through the Mamanuca Sea Turtle Conservation Project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP), the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) is working to protect the remaining turtle population in the Mamanuca and Malolo group of islands.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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