News Working for Equatorial Guinean turtles Although not many people know it, our country is one of the most important biological paradises of the world due to the richness of plant and animal species, such as sea turtles, five of the seven aquatic species of this reptile nest in Equatorial Guinea. TOMAGE is an institution under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry dedicated to their protection.

22/02/2014

Sea Turtles of Equatorial Guinea (TOMAGE) is a public organization under the INDEFOR (Institute for Forest Development and Management of Protected Areas) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

TOMAGE has worked for years with international and national volunteers to protect sea turtles that live in different areas of Equatorial Guinea, because our country is one of the main habitats of this species, since it no less than five of the seven marine species that exist throughout the world nest there. Among them, the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

The organization carries out its work in towns along the coast, such as Tika, Ilende and Ñendyi, thanks to volunteers from different countries and Equatorial Guinea, who perform their work during the breeding season. Among the actions they perform, accompanied by the inhabitants of the area, are the search for endangered eggs in order to protect them in prefabricated nests, which are monitored and cared for, so that the hatchlings can survive. They also perform training and awareness, analysis and data collection and scientific studies, among other actions.

TOMAGE has the support of agencies such as the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) and the School of Environment at the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE).

For more information on TOMAGE: Carolina Martinez.
Contact: 222 02 51 54.
E-mail: [email protected]

Article: Ines Ortega.
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

Notice: Reproduction of all or part of this article or the images that accompany it must always be done mentioning its source (Equatorial Guinea's Press and Information Office).