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Four million turtles released to the sea by the Kitabanga project

In the last two decades, the Kitabanga project has returned to the sea around four million sea turtle hatchlings that were in danger of life along the coast, informed Juelma dos Santos, technician of the project.


The official, cited by Angop, also said that, in the period in question, the project was able to protect 40,000 turtle nests from the coast of Zaire to Namibe.

Juelma dos Santos – who was speaking in Mbanza Kongo, on the sidelines of the provincial act of the National Environment Day, which was marked on Tuesday, January 31st – also disapproved of the behavior of some shipowners for trawling these animals during fishing, as well as solid waste thrown into the sea, threatening the lives of turtles, writes Angop.

The project technician, cited by Angop, also made it known that Kitabanga has been carrying out campaigns to raise awareness and educate citizens about the importance of preserving biodiversity on the country's coastline.

The national sea coast has five species of sea turtles, three of which lay eggs on beaches, she added.

According to Angop, in the country, turtles have been preserved by law since 1970, but in 2004 this safeguard was strengthened through the implementation of the Biological Resources Law. In addition, since 2016, these animals have been part of the priorities of the National Animal Conservation Plan.


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