Annual Newsletter

Newsletter 2009

Without realizing it, we are almost at the end of 2009. It was indeed a great year for SEATRU. In May 2009, SEATRU was handed over to the new team headed by Dr. Juanita Joseph upon the retirement of Dr Chan Eng Heng from the university. It was quite hard for us at first because we were not familiar with the activities, and taking over in the middle of the nesting season surely made it more difficult for us. With high hopes and patience, slowly the new team was formed. Indeed, I am very grateful with the new team. We have fun and the best thing is we have ended the season with joy and laughter!
This year we had a total of 405 nestings, of which 385 were green turtle nests and 20 were hawksbill turtle nests. A total of 63 new mothers visited Chagar Hutang. A total of 33,771 eggs were incubated and from these we have released about 23,223 hatchlings back to the sea. We had a total of 315 volunteers that helped us with the conservation work at Chagar Hutang. We officially closed the field station on 17th October 2009.


Newsletter 2010

Nesting turtles - This year we have recorded a total of 676 nesting at Chagar Hutang from 157 female turtles. Out of these, 661 were green turtle nests (from 151 females) and the remaining 15 nests were of hawksbill turtles (from 6 females). We have more than 271 nests compared to nesting recorded in 2009. Most of the nesters for 2010 were newly-tagged mothers (115 green and 6 hawksbill turtles). The remaining 36 individuals were re-migrant turtles that had been tagged and nested at Chagar Hutang in the previous years.
In-situ eggs incubation - A total of 52,848 turtle eggs were incubated in Chagar Hutang in 2010. There were 20 nests left to complete their incubation on the beach when we closed the research station on 31 October 2010. The analyses of these nests were later conducted by our workers. This year because of the heavy rain, both rivers at Chagar Hutang were flooded twice and we had lost about 25 nests under incubation from this disaster.


Newsletter 2018
(Nurturing Turtles, Connecting People)

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu is proud to celebrate together with its Sea Turtle Research Unit the 25th anniversary of the Turtle Conservation Project at Chagar Hutang, Redang Island. SInce the Project has come a long way in conserving one of Malaysia's most iconic species. From its humble beginnings of having to purchase turtle eggs from licensed egg collectors for incubation at Chagar Hutang, the unit has evolved dramatically to become a self-sustainable conservation project, thanks to the gazettement of Chagar Hutang as a turtle sancutary by the Department of Fisheries and their continued support, as well as the tireless support offered by volunteers from around the globe. The succes of this conservation work has since been recognized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), with the election of former co-founders Dr. Chan Eng Heng and Mr. Liew Hock Chark to the Global 500 Roll of Honor in 2001.


Newsletter 2019
(Saving Sea Turtles With Science)

Another successful year in which the Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) Turtle Conservation Project at Chagar Hutang, Redang Island, continues to make the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) proud of the project's accomplishments. Since its establishment in 1993, the turtle conservation project has been through many difficulties yet continues to strive towards solutions aimed at better understanding and conserving our marine environment and endangered species. SEATRU had the privileges of collaborating with many international researchers from a number of different international universities, helping it become a leading global reference center for sea turtle research and conservation in South East Asia. For viewing laboratory at The Taaras Beach & Spa resort. SEATRU continuously seeks to pursue novel research techniques and modenize its scientific method at the Chagar Hutang Turtle Sanctuary, in addition to looking for new opportunities to collaborate.


Newsletter 2020
(Embracing Challenge & Building Resilience)

The biggest event of 2020 – the global Covid-19 pandemic took the world by surprise and brought new challenges that no one was prepared for. Its impact is felt across all sectors, and research and conservation are no exception, including SEATRU. Due to the restriction of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the standard operating procedures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, our outreach programs were postponed; the volunteer program was suspended for more than two months with 50% of registered volunteers postponed as they could not travel across states, and many research activities were hindered and delayed. In the face of this global pandemic, we worked doubly hard to ensure that sea turtles remain protected, team members are safe, and at the same time capturing new opportunities in emerging challenges to strengthen the resilience of our sea turtle research and conservation.



A Public Sea Turtle Outreach at Redang Island

Redang Island
Turtle Sanctuary