Beach Bunch to hold turtle conservation programme
BANDAR SER BEGAWAN
THE non-governmental association Beach Bunch is organising a youth camp to advocate the protection of sea turtles.
Founder and president of Beach Bunch, Rizan Latif, said the camp slated for the school holidays in March aims to educate young people on sea turtle conservation.
To be held at the Berakas Forest Reserve, the camp is open to youth aged 14 to 16.
The camp will hold activities such as presentations and games revolving around sea turtles, and participants will spend overnight at the Berakas Beach, said Rizan.
“We will also be visiting the Marine Biodiversity Centre at Meragang Beach to have a look at the sea turtles,” he added.
He said the NGO has been giving seminars on conservation of sea turtles upon invitation by schools.
Rizan said last year’s Sea Turtles Night Watch programme received an overwhelming response from the public as volunteers “asked for more.”
“We did 10 sessions for one whole week with 20 volunteers per session. In total, we had about nearly 200 volunteers coming with us to Tungku, UBD (Universiti Brunei Darussalam) and Meragang beaches for the night watch programme,” he added.
The night watch, a collaboration with the Wildlife Division, aimed to find more sea turtles’ nesting areas, and deter any poaching of the turtles and their eggs.
The NGO also plans to continue a similar programme this year, but the watch programme will be conducted during the day and not at night.
Rizan said the quota for the next batch of volunteers will be set at 200 as it is rather difficult for the organisation to manage more people.
There is also a possibility of expanding the programme to beaches outside of Brunei-Muara district, he added.
The Brunei Times