The Tanzania Marine Story

Over a quarter of the Tanzanian population live in the coastal zone and rely solely on marine resources for their livelihoods. Due to this ongoing pressure, some marine species, particularly sea turtles and dugongs, are critically endangered in Tanzania.  

 

Sea Sense works closely with coastal communities to enhance the conservation status of these species as well as their habitats in Tanzania.  Building capacity for marine resource management is an integral part of our work and is helping communities find alternatives to unsustainable activities.

 


What we do at Sea Sense...

  • Protect sea turtles,their eggs and nesting beaches
  • Conduct research into sea turtle distribution, abundance and behaviour using flipper tagging and satellite tracking techniques
  • Monitor strandings of sea turtles and marine mammals

  • Train & employ community members in marine resource management and protection 

  • Provide education and awareness in coastal communities

  • Conduct social surveys to determine attitudes and perceptions towards endangered marine species and learn from local knowledge and experiences 

  • Promote sea turtle ecotourism as part of a sustainable livelihoods programme
  • Support the development of handicrafts projects to help generate income for coastal communities

  • Monitor and report illegal and destructive activities
  • Participate in national and regional sea turtle and dugong research, conservation and management initiatives

Did you know?

Over a quarter of the Tanzanian population live in the coastal zone and rely solely on marine resources for their livelihoods.

News

First satellite tag deployed in Pangani!

The unique biology of sea turtles enables us to calculate when female turtles are likely to...

Expected Green Turtle Hatching Dates in April 2014

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