Terengganu Turtle Camp 2022 Fosters Awareness of the Importance of Turtle Sanctuary Among Students

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KEMAMAN – Terengganu Turtle Camp 2022 has been held at Kerteh Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary Center, Terengganu which to raise awareness of the importance of turtle protection from extinction.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Marine Conservation Officer, Nor Azariyah Mohtar said the purpose of this program was to publicize the importance of turtle sanctuary in Ma’Daerah covering Bukit Labuhan, Bukit Tengah and also this coastal area.

“Without this habitat, our turtles cannot walk and land well and we will lose a place for us to learn about nature and it will have an impact on the ecosystem”, he added.

In addition, this program also provides opportunities for participants on learning and gives them a direct exposure to get to know these marine animals more closely by focusing on various activities that involve communication, nature and diversity of resources.

Among the activities in the program are talks on the introduction of the biology and history of turtle conservation efforts in Terengganu, getting to know turtle conservation fighters from local representatives, night trips to track laying turtles, and jungle trekking at Bukit Labohan to see the beauty of flora and fauna there.

The program, which is a joint venture between WWF-Malaysia, Terengganu Science & Creativity Center (PSKT) and the Terengganu State Fisheries Department, lasted for 3 days and 2 nights.

A total of 30 participants participated in this program and all of them are students of the Institute of Higher Learning (IPT) selected from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, UiTM Dungun Campus, UiTM Bukit Besi Campus, RANACO Institute and Education and many more.

The closing ceremony was officiated by the Chairman of the Agriculture, Food Industry, Plantation, Commodity and Rural Development Committee, Dr Azman Ibrahim and this ceremony was also attended by Terengganu Fisheries Department Director, Ruzaidi Mamat and Terengganu Science & Creativity Center Chief Executive Officer, Huzairil Ibrahim.