WorldTunisia: rescue of a 24th sea turtle in the Gulf of Monastir

Tunisia: rescue of a 24th sea turtle in the Gulf of Monastir


AA / Tunis / Wejden Jlassi

Tunisian fishermen intervened at the port of Monastir, a coastal town in the center-east of the country, to save a sea turtle. The reptile accidentally stuck in the gillnets, from fishermen Anis Essefi and Rayan Bouzgarou, has been freed and returned to the sea, near Kuriat Island, where the turtles lay their eggs.

In a publication on its Facebook page, the Notre Grand Bleu association (non-governmental) praised the efforts made by Tunisian fishermen in Monastir in the rescue of sea turtles.

“A 24th sea turtle in the year 2021 was saved by two Tunisian fishermen in the Gulf of Monastir, after accidentally getting stuck in their nets. We thank them for their awareness of the importance of protecting our environment and particularly the protection of endangered animals “, we can read on the official page of the association.

The beaches of Kuriat Island in Monastir are very popular with sea turtles, which come to lay their eggs there every year. Conservationists, volunteers, as well as some local fishermen educate visitors about their protection, the risks and consequences of poaching and illegal fishing.

Some environmental activists monitor turtle eggs until they hatch to prevent them from being looted for consumption.

It should be remembered that all marine turtles are listed in the Appendix of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). However, any international trade in their parts or derivatives is illegal.

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