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                               SEA TURTLE PROJECT
From the start, we turned to a foreign environmental group for expertise and assistance. The Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles (MEDASSET) sent biologists to train us during the first 3 years. Since then we have run the project by ourselves in collaboration with NAUCRATES.

Apart from monitoring and protecting the turtles and their eggs, one aim of the project is to persuade the government to declare the beach at Mansouri and Kolaila a national nature reserve to protect it from the kind of unplanned and often illegal development that has driven turtles from all but a handful of beaches in Lebanon. The local municipalities have recognised Mansouri and Kolaila beach as a protected natural area, but legal action at government level is needed to ensure its long-term future.
1- Nesting site 2- Sea turtle track
3- Green turtle nest 4- Locating egg chamber
5- Egg chamber 6- Measuring egg chamber
7- Measuring & weighing the eggs 8- Nest protection with metal grid
9- Hatchlings emerging from the nest 10- Hachlings on their way to the sea
11- Excavating the nest 12- Counting the egg shell

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