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02 Nov2021

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Citizen science approach for conservation in the Red sea

Author: Hepca

There’s always a question about where did we get our knowledge and so many philosophers exert much time in investigating this part. By applying many definitions to this question it’s answered by experience we can get knowledge and experiences are part of the 5 senses that could be combined to get us to absorb meanings and get this to be applied in many fields. This knowledge dilemma brought to the table of science that every one of us can be a scientist and contribute to the data collection about surroundings. 

 

Being a citizen scientist carries many benefits for the Red sea conservation initiatives as: 

  • Sharks project: for documenting sharks' geographical sites to build site conservation plans. 

  • Samadi Dolphin house: for recording a management plan for the dolphin’s site in Samadiand recording day-to-day basis the visitors count to better apply the plan of conservation and know the pattern of dolphin’s life in the site.  

  • Turtle watch: designed to document turtles' nesting sites and the anthropogenic impacts on turtles. 

  • Pollution spotting: Documenting sites of oil pollution, plastics, and any harassment violation in the wild. 

  • Stranding/ Mortality of mammals: locating any stranding/ mortality event for mammals megafauna all along the Red Sea coast. 

  • Bleach watch: for documenting coral reefs and the bleaching events that happened in the diving sites. 

 

For working as a citizen scientist now, one should start looking around for everything, know the basic taxonomy of animals, take photos, be involved in science communities, sound recordings, location detecting, etc. 

 

As there’s a lot that happened in the surrounding environment and this got us to start looking at the patterns and getting purposeful recommendations for conservation considerations in certain sites. 

 

HEPCA opens platforms for citizen scientists to engage more people in conservation and reporting violations, this way of engagement created the community-based monitoring for environmental resources and also connected a community for science and people who engaged in the activities for future conservation. 

 

If you would like to engage with us in any of the Red sea watch (citizen science), you can reach us out in the following channels.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HEPCA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hepca_org/
LinkedIn: https://eg.linkedin.com/company/hepca 

 


 

29 Jun2021

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STOP Catch and release

Author: Mariam Elsadek

Can we use the catch and release as a sustainable way for recreational fisheries?

There’s a brand new trend for recreational fishing activities known as catch and release along the Red Sea coast and many promotional campaigns are aiding this part and support this action. As our main concern is conservation and caring for the Red sea, we raise a red flag to stop this action, As catch and release action will affect fishes in those terms:

- Increasing the chance of mortality

- Behavioral changes: fishes become more vulnerable to predation.

- Physiological changes: happened because fishes are coming into gears

This activity happened with some of the fishes that live in the Red sea especially the benthic ones as groupers, emperor fishes, and snappers. As when got on the catch status their air bladder will be affected due to the pressure difference and then they will lose the ability to swim and live normally again.

10 Apr2021

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Saving sea turtles!!

Author: Mariam Elsadek

On Abu Ramad, A man rescues any sea turtle that is stranded and finds it hard to come again to the coast. The reporter says that Qebary is regularly doing this action, which wasn’t the first time to do so. 

From our side, we would like to send applause to people who are taking any action to save our wildlife. 

Also, it would be great to highlight that we should carry out individual actions such as: 

  • reducing marine debris, 

  • participating in beach cleanups, 

  • using reusable bags and bottles, 

  • and keeping turtle nesting sites safe.

 

Finally, HEPCA encourages everyone to take good care of the Red sea and help us on the Red sea watch program to record violations and spot good actions that could help us apply for the community-based environmental monitoring programs in the long term. 

 

01 Mar2021

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Increasing turtle species exploitation in the Red sea!

Author: Mariam Elsadek

There are two dead turtles with no carapace we found in different places in Hurghada, these bullets show the news report statement: 

  • In the past few days, we received a report about a dead marine turtle on one of Hurghada's beaches. The dead turtle was found with no carapace, and it's the second time to find a turtle with no carapace in a month.

  • A marine turtle founded with a fractured brain, the carapace is removed and torn tail near Sachawa Abu Galawa. It could be a captive bolt or fishing gear that affects it and cause rapid unconsciousness and death through the destruction of the brain.

Summarizing what happened in the first of 2021, there’s an attack on marine turtles where they found with removed carapace and this signifies that we should highlight the laws and regulations that Egypt has signed on. As per the Environmental agreements that Egypt signed and national laws that state article 28 at 1984 "hunting, killing or catching wildlife animals to sell or move or transform is prohibited and the fine is ranging from 5000 to 50000 LE or confinement. 

 

HEPCA calls out to make a formal investigation regarding this matter with the ministry of environment, a marine protected area in the Red sea, and scientific bodies. To ensure taking proper actions and build a conservation plan related to this matter.

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