Conservation Efforts

In October of 2009, MIMRA launched an education and awareness program on Majuro and Wotje atolls in an effort to strengthen marine turtle conservation by effectively increasing public awareness, knowledge, and understanding regarding the significance of turtles and the urgent need to protect turtle populations as part of the “Reimaanlok: Looking to the Future:

National Conservation Area Plan for the Marshall Islands” Reimaanlok.Collaborative partners included Marshall Islands Conservation Society (MICS), Ministry of Education (MOE), and Ms. Regina Woodrom Rudrud, a sea turtle biologist at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM). The updates of the activities are included:

Collection and creation of turtle education materials for RMI middle and high schools: For this activity, MIMRA sought help from key agencies and educators (national, regional, and international) to obtain education and awareness materials on turtles as well as historical and cultural information. Ms. Woodrom Rudrud met with various stakeholders including with the MOE, MICS, Historic Preservation Office (HPO), and Youth to Youth in Health (YTYIH). Presently, Ms. Woodrom Rudrud and her team in Hawaii are still assessing materials before MOE’s review for final approval prior to printing and distribution to Majuro and Wotje schools.

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