1. Measures to protect sea turtle nesting beaches
|Illegal hunting of targets nesting turtles during their time on land, is one of the most serious threats to the survival of sea turtles, as it causes a high mortality rate that may contribute to their extinction.
One of thee ATM’s priority is to create and support sea turtle conservation projects, which act directly in the protection of the nesting beaches.
These projects are an important way to reduce the high mortality caused by poaching and some have been successful at reducing mortality rates exceeding 50% to below 5%.
2. Mitigation measures to minimize the bycatch problem that victimizes tens of thousands of turtles annually.
|The bycatch is a major cause of mortality for all species of sea turtles.
With the fishing fleets increasing worldwide and the pressure on the oceans, fatalities amount to tens of thousands of Sea Turtles, caught in nets intended for other species.
Training of fishermen and creating awareness of fishing communities, in order to implement less destructive fishing practices and supporting studies whcih lead to the creation and implementation of mitigation solutions to this problem are a priority for the ATM.
3. Creation of a Lusophone Platform for the Conservation of Sea Turtles
|Sharing a common language constitutes an enormous potential for sharing information and knowledge between Portuguese speaking countries, and it facilitates the creation of a solid foundation of cooperation and mutual aid.
The objective of the ATM is to achieve in the medium term, a cooperative network of stakeholders in Lusophone countries to promote the conservation and research of sea turtles.
Towards this end, ATM intends to create a common platform for the sharing of information among all conservation projects in CPLP countries (exchange of information, articulation contact, soliciting support for projects with few resources, etc.)..
4. Support the survey and mapping of nesting sea turtles
|It is essential to know the reality to be protected.
ATM aims to support projects that will survey and map nesting occurrences of the different species of sea turtles that occur along the coasts of the Lusophone countries (except Brazil, where this work is already done by Tamar in an extensive and very complete way).
5. To Support the implementation of adequate legislation in coastal development in Lusophone countries, especially focused on sea turtles
The disorderly occupation and unregulated lighting of the coastal areas are responsible for destruction of the nesting habitat and also for the high mortality rate of newborn turtles.
The aim of ATM with this project is to help with the creation and implementation of legislation aimed at promoting sea turtle friendly development in coastal areas, especially where sea turtles nest.
We intend to develop a program that can easily be adapted by each of the Lusophone countries, and be used by developers in the development of sea turtle-friendly projects, which are also in line with the standards of environmental sustainability.
6. To create a platform for information and direct contact between the diasporas of Lusophone countries and protection of sea turtles in their countries of origin
|To create a platform for sharing information guaranteeing a better coordination between the Lusophone diasporas scattered in Portugal and around the world.
It is intended that the diasporas may be better informed and can monitor the implementation of conservation measures on sea turtles on their countries of origin, allowing them to express to the national and local authorities their concern and interest in this natural treasure.
This project started with the Diaspora of Cape Verde in Portugal and will later extend to other Lusophone countries.
7. Education Area – Supporting conservation awareness education at school in the Portuguese speaking countries, with special focus on the preservation of sea turtles.
|Preparation of educational material, organized in 2 or 3 days lectures, with the aim of raising awareness in schools of the various lusophone countries, is under way.
It is intended with this material, to raise children’s awareness of the importance of the preservation of sea turtles in a captivating way.
This information will be available for easy download on this website and to be used in every Lusophone country.
8. Turtleman Area- Supporting teams on the field, with support material on technical procedures and scientific information
|Protection of Sea Turtles in the field is made not only by a few large organizations but also by some self-taught, concerned individuals or communities, that decide to give their contributions to the protection of sea turtles.
The aim of this project is to provide easily accessed information on methodologies and procedures that may provide those teams on the field (often self-taught) the technical and scientific background that may improve the quality and effectiveness of their work.
The content of these materials will be prepared with practical and scientific support, and made available on this website for easy download anywhere from the portuguese speaking countries.
Some work for standardization of procedures will be developed by players already on the field.
9. Promote the exchange of researchers and volunteers related to the protection of sea turtles in the Lusophone countries.
|To create a project devoted to the exchange of students and researchers through the award of research grants or through voluntary action, that may contribute to the acquisition of knowledge concerning the sea turtles.|
10. Creating an online base of information on Sea Turtles
|To create in the ATM site, an information area about the biology, life cycle and facts about Sea Turtles, thus providing a mini encyclopedia.|
11. To publish or support scientific and didactic publications on sea turtles
|The ATM is preparing to publish a book on sea turtles, which have not only a didactic component but also a scientific one, and that is at the same time attractive and accessible to the general public.
The ATM plans to support other technical publications, scientific or educational, that has as a theme sea turtles in Lusophone countries.