Participatory habitat characterization and GIS data base development for the conservation and management of Sea Turtles in South Coast Kenya
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Three sites in south coast Kenya i.e. Msambweni, Funzi and Bodo were studied with an overall objective of characterizing the existing sea turtle nesting and foraging habitats. Nesting beach stretches in Msambweni and Funzi were evaluated based on human and natural predation indices and environmental factors which considered temperature measurements. The targeted foraging grounds consisted of seagrass beds and associated food items which included sponges and mollusks. Participatory approaches as well a stratified sampling design were used in studying both habitats. A total of 10 beach stretches measuring 5.84km were identified in both Funzi and Msambweni. Msambweni beaches had a higher index of human pressure than Funzi beaches although the later had a higher natural predation index in relation to clutch and nesting females’ survival. The mean temperature range at a depth of 10-30cm was higher for the Funzi hatchery when compared with samples from Funzi beaches (t= 2.7, p<0.05) but was.....
Spatial CoverageMsambweni, Kenya