1st Edition July - September 2011 of Maziwe Newsletter 1st... 1st Edition July - September 2011 Welcome
1st Edition July - September 2011 of Maziwe Newsletter 1st... 1st Edition July - September 2011 Welcome

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  • 1st Edition July - September 2011 Welcome to the first issue of the Friends of Maziwe newsletter. This newsletter will bring you news and updates on the various projects happening along the Ushongo coast and the island itself. Maziwe is a Marine Reserve which supports a vibrant coral reef ecosystem and is a nesting ground for the Green turtle. We hope that this newsletter will help raise awareness and generate support for the coming years.

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    The Turtle Project In the past Maziwe was a permanent island with vegetation and is a key nesting ground for the Green turtle. Today no vegetation remains and the island is submerged at high tides. The remaining turtle nests that are laid year round cannot survive in these conditions. Continual submergence of the nests destroys them. The Turtle project helps to relocate the nests to a suitable site on the mainland and above the tide line, thus helping to support the future generations of the Green turtle. Since the project`s start in early 2009, 91 nests have been relocated from the island. Along with other nesting sites such as Kikokwe, a series of beaches found just south of Pangani, 7,373 baby turtles have hatched and found their way to the ocean.

    As the turtle project continues to grow, so does the data collected on the nesting habits of Green turtles. For each nest a series of measurements and observations are made, including the nest size, the depth of the nest and the size of turtle tracks. All this data, and more, helps those involved to gain insight into the lives of turtles, and increase the success rate of the nests. The number of nest relocations for 2010 is illustrated here to give an example of nesting trends. In 2009 19 nests were relocated. From January 1st to July 12th 2011, a further 27 nests have found a new home.

    The continued relocation of turtle nests is vital for future turtle populations. Much of the project is supported by donations from local members of the community and tourists visiting the beach. The cost of transporting and relocating a nest roughly costs Tsh 50,000/- . To help sustain the project, visitors to the nesting site can now adopt a turtle nest for USD $50, and receive a certificate of adoption along with an update on the hatching of their nest. Friends of Maziwe T-shirts are also available at the nesting site. So please come visit, learn a little about the life of a Green turtle, and perhaps have the chance to witness the baby turtles as they make their first journey to the sea.

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    News Center • A new nesting site has been created in the Village of Ushongo. • The largest turtle nest to date, with 179 eggs, has been found and relocated from Kikokwe to the

    Ushongo nesting site! • The new and improved Friends of Maziwe website is now up. Visit www.friendsofmaziwe.com for

    more. • On the 15th of July, 100 baby turtles hatched from nest MZ 85 at the Ushongo Village site.

    Maziwe Island Marine Reserve In the early eighties Maziwe was made a marine reserve to help protect the fragile ecosystem. In the past, unsustainable and damaging practices such as dynamite fishing and the use of large ring nets threatened the reef system. While such practices continue on the island, over the past decade, regular visitors of the island have noticed a continual improvement in the abundance and variety of marine life. This is cause for hope and congratulations. Friends of Maziwe continues to seek new solutions to build upon this so that future generations will have the opportunity to view the wonders that Maziwe has to offer.

    Fundraising Events Recently Bo Boner held a screening of The End of the Line to raise awareness and funds for Friends of Maziwe. The End of the Line is a powerful movie about one of the world´s most disturbing problems - over-fishing. Another member of the community, Georgie Bouwknecht, helped contribute funds though her project on coral reef destruction. Without the help of people like Bo and Georgie, projects like the continued rehabilitation of the Green turtle population would not be possible. Asante sana!

    The ´Other´ Friends of Maziwe The Smashing Mantis shrimp, or Odontodactylus scyllarus, gets its name from its use of appendages, or arms, that it uses to ´smash´ its prey. They are capable of stunning small animals and opening soft-shelled clams. With their amazing compound eyes, the shrimp is able to focus on an object with only one eye. Each eye has 3 sections, divided by a set of horizontal lines, giving them this ability. They live in the shallow waters around Maziwe and are active hunters during the day. Like in the photo, they are often found hiding under corals, waiting for their next meal. Source: Crustacea Guide of the World, by Helmut Debelius. IKAN. 2001.

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