190 tonnes of waste removed in Masirah clean-up

Muscat, Jan 23 – Over 190 tonnes of waste mainly consisting old fishing gear, nets, ropes and fishing lines were removed from Masirah Island in a clean-up drive organised by Environment Society of Oman (ESO) along with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Masirah Municipality, National Ferries Company, Ecovision, Be’ah and volunteers. The event was sponsored by Renaissance Services and the US Marine Turtle Conservation Fund
“Together with our partners, ESO is committed to promoting a healthy environment for the Sultanate’s wildlife to thrive. Abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear are globally known to be a major threat to marine species such as whales, dolphins and sea turtles, and through this programme we are attempting to work with the local fishermen to provide avenues for proper disposal of fishing gear, as well as cleaning up the sea turtle nesting beaches ahead of the nesting season” said Antonia Vegh of ESO.
“Turtles, which are the most affected, are known to nest on these beaches. We have been managing turtle conservation projects on Masirah Island for over a decade, and this clean-up is just one way for us to address the various threats that they face.” From Al Sharqiyah’s rocky coastline famous for turtle nesting to Al Wusta where the seas attract vast swarms of fish, ESO is eager to increase hands-on projects that not only achieve their environmental protection goals but also help raise public awareness and the need for conservation.
Hussain Mohammed al Lawati of Renaissance Services said, “One thing a lot of people don’t realise is that often when rubbish is left on the beach it will get swept up by the rising tide. This of course has a multiplier effect when it gets dragged into the sea and impacts marine life directly.