Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao

by Friends of Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao
Help Protect Endangered Sea Turtles in Curacao

Make The Turtle Smile Part 3

The 3rd version of Make the Turtle Smile campaign started on February 14, 2022. It is an awareness and motivation campaign organized by Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao and Green Phenix. The campaign will run for 3 months, from February 14, 2022 to May 14, 2022. The intention is to involve the inhabitants of the island Curacao more in the prevention and reduction of pollution.

The first 2 campaigns mainly focused on education and the collection of recyclable plastic and aluminum cans. During these 2 editions, 60.000 bottles and cans of waste were collected. This year, the goal is to collect 40.000 bottles/cans in the 3-month campaign. To motivate children to do this, free presentations will be given at schools by STCC. The presentations will show the beauty of Curaçao's nature and the threat that plastic pollution poses to the underwater world. The Make the Turtle Smile campaign aims to mobilize as many people as possible to work for a cleaner Curaçao. For everyone who wants to participate and wants to share it on social media can use the #maketheturtlesmile. 

This year's campaign has an extra dimension; The Litterati Clean Up Challenge. With this we challenge everyone to help make Curaçao cleaner, by cleaning up litter and photographing it via the litterati app. The aim is to clear up at least 50.000 litter items. The goal of the app is to collect data about the types of plastic litter that is found around the island. This data provides valuable insights about how to best adress the litter issues.

For every 25 bottles or cans that are handed in at Green Phenix, the participants will receive a stamp. Each stamp has a value and participants can save stamps and choose their favorite prize. A number of nice prizes have already been made available for the top contributors of Make the Turtle Smile campaign and the Litterati Clean Up Challenge. Keep an eye on the social media of STCC and Green Phenix for more information.

 Monthly newsletter

We have been working hard on a format to keep interested parties informed about STCC. Herebye we proudly present our new and improved newsletter!! 

This newsletter is for everyone who wants to stay up to date about STCC in general. We will give you updates from the field, present upcoming events, total of collected waste during our clean-ups, board messages, financial & organizational updates. You will also get to know us better, because every month we will put a STCC volunteer in the spotlight.

Click on the link and enjoy reading!

Saludos,

The Board

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Mid-december STCC held its last event of this year. After a presentation about STCC in general and the effects of climate change on sea turtles and their habitat, the board said goodbye to board member Denise Vijber and welcomed new president Saïtia Comenencia.

To make merry and nice the group ended the evening on the beach with drinks and laughter.

By way of this message the board of STCC would like to thank everyone who has contributed to STCC this past year. 2021 was a challenging year, and the enthusiasm, determination, hard work, encouragement, dedication and good vibes of our vollunteers AND the financial support of all of you around the globe have made it so much brighter. With much excitement we look forward to a new year and hope we can keep counting on your support!

Thank you very much and a Happy new year to all!!

Greetings Board STCC

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This quarter STCC got a great opportunity to collaborate with a Dutch TV program “Klaas kan Alles” (Klaas can do everything) to show the activities the organization undertakes to protect the sea turtles. Klaas kan Alles is a popular family program and is about technology, science and smart gadgets. In every episode Klaas gets a number of exciting assignments that he tries to succeed with the help of technology and science.

Plastic waste in our oceans is a big threat for sea turtles. In order to show Klaas how big of a threat, we organized a beach cleanup at Boca of San Pedro. At this particular inlet on the North coast of Curacao a lot of plastic debris washes up on shore. The TV presenter including the crew were astonished to see the situation. Everyone knows about the plastic soup problem, but it is until you see it with your own eyes and clean it up with your hands, then it really sinks in.  12 volunteers, including a couple of very enthusiastic children collected 130 kilograms of trash that day.

The second day of filming was on a very small uninhabited island near Curacao, Klein Curacao (Little Curacao). On the beaches of Klein Curacao, sea turtles come each year to lay their eggs. STCC monitors and cleans the beach regularly. Klaas had the assignment to spot a turtle and make a good picture of its head. The pattern on the head of a sea turtle is unique. It is a way to identify them.

Participating in this program gave STCC some exposure. The TV program airs every week in the Netherlands.  All of the assignments are uploaded to their Youtube channel, so people can look it up afterwards. This particular episode was viewed almost 11.000 times. After the episode aired, STCC was contacted by a firm and received a donation because of what they saw in this program.

It was two days of intense filming and explaining what STCC does. Everyone had a lot of fun working together. But most important of all, a lot more people are now aware of the plastic pollution, the threat to sea turtles and what STCC does to protect them.

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Trained and ready to go

Saturday, June 26th 2021, Sea Turtle Conservation Curaçao (STCC) held its annual volunteer training. This year it was a little later than usual due to Covid-19 and the consequential lockdowns and mobility restrictions. The aim of the training was to (re)familiarize volunteers with the organization, (further) educate them about sea turtles, their lifecycle, behavior and habitat, to train nest monitoring procedures, to brainstorm about current challenges and to provide a space to meet and interact with each other.

A total of nine volunteers participated in the training. The training was facilitated by Sabine Berendse, founder and president of the board of STCC. The group started out in STCC’s education and information center, but due to noise disturbance the training was moved to the headquarters of Green Phenix, the plastic recycling facility to which STCC is closely linked. This gave the volunteers the opportunity to see where the plastic, they work so hard to recycle, is being processed.

Because both new and experienced volunteers partook in the training, the training was very broad. Starting with basic information about sea turtles, such as the different species and the most common ones in the waters around Curaçao, their life cycle and their value to the ecosystem. Continuing with information about STCC, focusing on the three main pillars (research, education and conservation) and the efforts of the new board to restructure the organization. Some time was made to discuss how to deal with persons illegally handling sea turtles, aggressive people, as well as interested onlookers during turtle rescues or monitoring activities.

The highlight of the training was the explanation of how to locate, read and register tracks of a nesting females and hatchlings. Even though this was pure theory, and the real lessons happen outside on the beach, the volunteers were excited. “With this training I am so much better equipped, I am ready to go and monitor the beaches” remarked a new volunteer.

By completing this training STCC’s volunteers are more knowledgeable and better prepared for the weekly beach monitoring rounds.


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With a new nesting season coming up and a global pandamic still heavily affecting the world, our organisation is facing difficult times. We decided it is a great time to do a Theory of Change process. In this process a group of core STCC members determine what impact our organisation wants to make and how we aim to create it. 

This insightful process also includes follow up meetings with other stakeholder groups and it's a dynamic process, which will eventually lead to a visual pathway of change, which will make it very clear for everybody what STCC aims to do and how.

So far 2 workshop sessions took place. In the first one we talked about our vision and we created a vision statement: Curacao is a safe haven for sea turtles, caried by an involved community which is inspiring the world.

Our mission statement still hold: Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao aims to protect sea turtles and their habitat through research, conservation and education. 

We also discussed long term outcomes that need to be accomplished before the vision can become a reality. This basically breaks the vision statement down into seperate components: 

1. Curacao is a safe haven for sea turtles

2. The community is involved

3. Our program is an example for the world

In the second workshop we discussed the output that is needed and the programs STCC could create to contribute to the long term goals. Indicators were discussed as well as assumptions. 

The following weeks we'll be working on visualising these primary results into a concept pathway of change and once this is done we'll start planning stakeholder sessions, with volunteers, ministries, companies and other NGO's. So far the process has been extremely valuable and it will be the basis for further strategic planning, budgeting and a strong continuation of what was build in previous years.

It might be the harderst time we've faced since STCC was founded, but in the core there are some really driven people that want to do whatever is in their power to keep on protecting sea turtles and their habitat as best as we possibly can. We're confident this 'Theory of Change" will lead to a road on how we can survive this horrible pandamic that has affected us all. 

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Location: Willemstad, Curacao - Curaçao
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Sabine Berendse
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