Since the inception of the Bycatch Release Programme, LOC has interacted with 1,949 fishers, with 207 fishers being active in 2019 thus far.
Mr Baraka Omar, is one such local fisher and he had been active in our Bycatch Release Programme for three consecutive years; 2014, 2015 and 2016. All of which were during the months of October and November and in the Mida Creek of Watamu.
In the early morning of 3 November 2015, Mr Omar captured a juvenile green turtle in Mida Creek near Watamu, Kenya. Our Bycatch Release team was notified by Mr Omar and the turtle was landed at Sita landing site. Our team, lead by Fikiri and accompanied by our eco-vistors went to attend to her.
As part of LOC’s protocol they assessed the turtle’s health as ”good and generally clean” and the only issue being “tip of Rear Right Front flipper being frayed”. Key measurements such as the dimensions of the carapace (shell) and weight were taken. Followed by photographs and tagging on the left rear flipper, with tag number KES0113. The juvinile green turtle was then released into the Watamu Marine Park.