Started in 2011 in collaboration with the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA), Turtlewatch Egypt was the first initiative aimed at involving divers and snorkelers in the Egyptian Red Sea in marine conservation research. By sharing their sightings and pictures of marine turtles, visitors to the Red Sea contributed to identify some important feeding and aggregation sites for these endangered animals, to better understand turtle movements and short term migrations, and to assess basic effects of human impact. In 2015 the data collection protocol was modified and tested until 2018 when we finally launched Turtlewatch Egypt 2.0, which consists of a simplified method to allow for more people to provide data in a much easier and straightforward way!
Turtlewatch Egypt aims at collecting important data on marine turtles in their feeding and nesting grounds with the help and support of divers, snorkelers and visitors. The collected information will be used to:
1) increase our knowledge of endangered marine turtles in the Red Sea and 2) improve the conservation and protection of these fascinating creatures locally and regionally.