At first glimpse, Kudat seems like a sleepy town. But look deeper and stay longer for you will find that Kudat enchants the discerning visitor with its natural beauty: beautiful smiling people of various ethnic origins; dramatic landscapes that awaken the senses; white sandy beaches that calm the soul; and a vibrant underwater world where the charismatic sea turtles roam among the coral reefs and seagrass beds.
The sea turtles in particular are being threatened by our activities on land and at sea: destruction and degradation of their nesting and feeding grounds; accidental catch in fishing gear; and poaching of eggs. Another killer of sea turtles is discarded plastic bags and other debris that are mistaken for food such as jellyfish.
The Kudat Turtle Conservation Society (KTCS) is a gathering of like-minded individuals working to conserve and improve Kudat sea turtle populations through public education and awareness. It believes that the people of Kudat can continue to prosper by protecting their natural treasures including sea turtles. Working hand-in-hand with our partners in the government, schools, civil societies and local communities, KTCS is focused on improving waste management in Kudat through the reduced use of plastic bags and bottles; advocating the concept of Reuse, Reduce and Recycle (3Rs); providing garbage receptacles and funding for regular collection at villages that require it; and conducting frequent beach cleanups. Eventually KTCS will expand its scope to address sea turtle by-catch and rehabilitation of Kudat’s mangroves and beaches.
The future of sea turtles is in our hands. Please Join us.
Francesca Winfield NGO N.Y
Chairwoman Kudat Turtle Conservation Society
KTCS is a registered NGO in Malaysia 12 Jan 2011 – #PPM SBH 2522/10