Yas Marina - one of the premier marinas in Abu Dhabi, and operated by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas - has teamed up with the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWF-WWF) to become a turtle adoption pack distributor as part of the Marine Turtle Conservation Project.
Yas Marina will adopt a turtle on behalf of each annual berth holder and 2012 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix berth holder.
Additionally, the marina is also offering turtle adoption packs to anyone that is interested in turtle or wildlife conservation with proceeds going to the Marine Turtle Conservation Project.
The three-year Marine Turtle Conservation Project, which was launched in 2010 by EWS-WWF, has successfully fitted 75 critically endangered Hawksbill turtles with satellite transmitters.
These transmitters help the conservation team to track the post-nesting Hawksbill turtles on their migratory routes and pinpoint important feeding grounds, helping to fill data gaps in the region.
This latest initiative builds upon Yas Marina’s steps towards increased environmental consciousness following the marina becoming one of the first Blue Flag Marinas in the UAE in 2010.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to 3849 beaches and marinas across 46 countries.
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety.
Blue Flag in the UAE is coordinated by EWS-WWF.