The TurtleWatch program is open to all dive centers working in the Egyptian Red Sea area and their guests. As contributor, you will receive the TurtleWatch package that contains all the information you will need to conduct a survey. In the manual included in the package, you will find also all the necessary information to involve recreational divers in the survey. Remember that this program is also suitable for snorkelers.
The package was thought to be easy to understand and self-explanatory. However we can also provide a 30-min training to explain your team how to run the survey and report data to us. Please contact us for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TurtleWatch package
As a contributor of this project, you will receive by e-mail the TurtleWatch package which includes:
- the TurtleWatch Manual (in .pdf);
- the TurtleWatch survey form (in .pdf);
- the TurtleWatch logo/ban that you can add to your website;
- a set of Red Sea turtle identification sheets (in .pdf);
- a database where to report your sightings (in .xls).
Why an on-line package? The idea of an on-line package is to reduce the amount of printed paper, reduce the costs and of course minimize the impact on the environment. However, if you do not have a printer or you prefer to have a paper copy of all the material, please let us know so we can provide one for you.
What does the TurtleWatch package not include?
To participate in a TurtleWatch survey, you only need to be a good observer and be committed to report to us sea turtles sightings on a regular basis. The following items are not included in the package, but could help you gather more precise data:
- an underwater camera;
- a marked stick or whatever object you can use to estimate the turtle straight carapace length (see the manual for further explanation);
- a computer and internet connection to send us your data.
How data will be used?
The data collected from the dive centers will be reviewed by our staff, inserted in our Red Sea Turtles database and will be used to generate spatial and temporal distribution maps of sea turtles but also to estimate population trends and abundance. Reports will be published on a regular basis on our website and your contribution will be acknowledged. If you are interested in receiving regular follow-ups of the project, you can subscribe to our newsletter on our website (www.hepca.com).