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28 April 2019 10:34 am

Fuwairit Beach to be closed for the first week of May

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Qatar Tribune reported that the Fuwairit Beach will be out of bounds for public for a week from May 1, as a programme to identify and protect the nests of critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles comes into effect.

The turtle conservation programme is funded by Qatar Petroleum and implemented by Qatar University in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

So far, six nests with a total of 509 eggs have been identified.

The conversation programme, just like the previous years, will include a number of activities such as cleaning up of the Fuwairit beach, organising awareness shows on the turtle project and the need to save sea turtles.

It is worth noting that the most important areas inhabited by turtles are the beaches of Ras Laffan, Huwaila, Maronah, Fuwairit, Ghariyah and Mafir, as well as Halul, Sharaouh and Umm Tess Warken islands.

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(Cover image credits: Warren Baverstock)