Turtle Research by Marine Research Foundation at Mantanani, Sabah, Borneo
At Borneo Dream we like to do our best to support local marine conservation efforts from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. One of the conservation organisations we support is Marine Research Foundation, led by Dr Nicholas Pilcher, which leads many marine research programmes in Asia-Pacific region.
One of the programmes led by Marine Research Foundation (MRF) is the Marine Turtle Programme. As part of this, Dr Nick Pilcher is carrying our research in the waters surrounding Pulau Mantanani. Pulau Mantanani is located around 48nm north of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in the South China Sea. Mantanani is recognised as feeding grounds for juvenile Turtles that have left the waters near Turtle Island (located off Sandakan in the Sulu Sea). The Turtles are known to stay here for several years until they become mature enough to head off on their first major migration.
Pulau Mantanani is not a protected marine area yet and there is known to be blast fishing in the waters surrounding the islands. Dr Nick is leading research to collect data on the impact of blast fishing on the local Turtle population. This data, along with other MRF turtle research activities, will hopefully provide the evidence to gain Government approval to protect the waters around Mantanani, Sabah (as a Marine Park).
MRF went to Mantanani at the start of August to collect further turtle research data. The Borneo Dream team provided manpower support to Dr Nick Pilcher over several days to help in the collection of research data. You can see photos taken during this recent trip – thanks to Nick / MRF for sharing photos with Borneo Dream.
We look forward to supporting MRF during future Turtle Research trips to Mantanani, Sabah. To find out more about local marine conservation efforts we support from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah just contact the Borneo Dream team.