Local conservationist on the coast of the Arnavon Islands in the Solomon Islands, observe a tagged Hawksbill Sea Turtle laying eggs on the beach. The islanders count and recover the eggs and protect them till they can hatch as part of an effort to conserv

April 10, 2015

(ALL INTERNAL, LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS) Local conservationist on the coast of the Arnavon Islands in the Solomon Islands, observe a tagged Hawksbill Sea Turtle laying eggs on the beach. The islanders count and recover the eggs and protect them till they can hatch as part of an effort to conserve the turtles. Upon hatching at night, the islanders use flashlights to guide the baby turtles to the sea. The Solomon Islands, a remote Pacific archipelago strung southeast of Papua New Guinea, form a double chain of 922 islands covering more than 835,000 square miles of ocean. To address the short and long-term needs of the Solomon Islands people and their natural resources, the Conservancy is working closely with the Solomon Islands Government, the Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Chiefs (LLCTC), the Isabel Council of Chiefs (ICC) and local communities to protect the marine and terrestrial resources of Choiseul and Isabel Provinces. PHOTO CREDIT: © Bridget Besaw

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