The Ministry of Environment officially launched the “National Red List” of endangered animals in the Maldives in February. After research, the first species on the list were turtle species. According to the list, the risk of extinction for turtles and tortoises is very high.

The government protected six areas of Laamu Atoll on December 23. The Ministry of Environment has released detailed information on three eco-rich areas, which are home to large numbers of tortoises and tortoises.

Gaadhoo Land and Lagoon, L. Atoll

Gaadhoo has one of the highest turtle tours in the country. The island’s beach, surrounding reef, lagoon and mangroves have been protected. It has an area of ​​614 hectares.

– The beach to the south and west is considered the home of two endangered species of turtles.

– The area around the island is a breeding ground for turtles and a breeding ground for reef fish.

L. Gaadhoo Protected Land and Lagoon Area

– Six species of carbon-saving algae and 91 species of reef fish have been identified in the area.

– The “Meeru Fenkulhi” mangrove on the east side of the island plays an important role in refreshing the fresh water of the island and helps reduce the risk of flooding in the island.

– The mangrove area is a place that contributes to maintaining the environment of seasonal migratory birds and protected bird species.

L. Gaadhoo, Hithadhoo Sea

The area, rich in animal species, is registered as a breeding ground for reef fish with an area of ​​777 hectares.

L. Gaadhoo and Hithadhoo Sea Protected Areas

– Tortoise and Tortoise are some of the most prominent animals seen in the area.

– Eels, rays, sharks and reef fish can be seen in the area.

L. Bodu Finolhu and the Vadinolhu Ocean

A breeding ground for reef fish, it is an area of ​​706 hectares.

– Turtles, tortoises and a variety of sharks can be seen in the area.

– Bodu Finolhu is an area used by seabirds to sleep and lay their eggs.

L. Bodu Finolhu and Vadinolhu Sea Protected Areas

The threat of loss of turtles and tortoises is the large amount of waste in the ocean and lagoon due to fishing. The Red List also stated that the reason for the loss of the environment for these species includes pollution, illegal fishing and trade.

State Minister for Environment Ali Solih told ‘Mihaaru’ that detailed information about some of the protected areas in Laamu Atoll has been made public in an effort to raise public awareness of the reasons for their destruction. and the importance of these facilities. he said these issues should be discussed regularly.

“It doesn’t stop at the statement that a certain area is now protected. It’s important that the public always have this information,” he said.

“During the upcoming Eid holidays, it is possible to take the family to visit such places. “Emotions, experiences and ideas of each individual visiting these places are different.”

The government has decided to allocate six areas in Laamu Atoll, including Gan Bodu Fengandu, L. Maabaidhoo River and Fushi Sea Area, L. Hithadhoo Mangrove and Surrounding Sea.

As part of the government’s commitment to protect at least one island, reef and mangrove in each atoll of the Maldives, the first phase of the project will be carried out in fourteen areas of Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani and Noonu atoll, four areas of Addu, one area of ​​Fuvahmulah and five areas of Lhaviyani Atoll have been protected.