• LOC ensures the marine environments in which we operate are effectively managed and conserved to benefit local communities and commercial stakeholders, utilising natural resources sustainably. We do so by developing and implementing sustainable marine resource management projects, underpinned by our holistic approach to marine conservation.  

  • Beach Monitors patrol the beaches every night to keep the turtles and their nests safe. Nests that are at risk from natural or human dangers are relocated by trained Beach Monitors. On average, Local Ocean protects and monitors¬† 50-60 nests per year in Watamu. Through our Diani Turtle Watch initiative, another 60-70 nests are monitored on the Kenyan south coast. To date, more than 900 nests have been monitored and over 73,000 hatchlings have made it safely to the ocean.
  • LOC patrols coastal areas where poaching of turtles is known to happen and collects the remains as evidence. Turtle meat fetches high prices on the black market and our anti-poaching patrols not only give us an important insight into the extent of turtle poaching over time, but also acts as a deterrent for would-be poachers. The collected evidence is catalogued and stored at LOC. The results from each anti-poaching patrol are shared with local authorities. Our anti-poaching patrols also help us gauge other problems in the area, such as illegal fishing practices, abuse of reefs, beaches and foreshore areas.
  • It is vital that people understand about the marine environment and how their every day life and future is both influenced and dependent on it. LOC works with 30 local schools. We organise visits to our Marine Information Centre for students as well as providing educational outreach to schools and involving students in field excursions. Every year we interact with over 2,500 school children.  
  • Hundreds of turtles are rescued every year by working closely with the fishing community.

    Each rescued turtle is assessed, then measured, weighed and tagged. If it is in good health, the turtle is transported to the Watamu Marine National Park where it is released back into the ocean. To date more than 17,000 turtle rescues have been conducted and the data collected has provided incredible insight into turtle behaviour and physiology.