Ampenyi is a small fishing community and most of the inhabitants are depending on the income from fishing. Already for centuries they catch besides fish from time to time sea turtles in their nets. When they catch the turtle they eat it. In 2015 we get know to the Wildseas Conservation Ghana. The Wildseas Conservation Ghana is working together with the Wildlife Division of Ghana. They already have a huge experience in protecting sea turtles. We have a partnership with the Wildseas to work on sea turtle conservation in and around Ampenyi. In December 2015 we organised together with Wildseas an stakeholders workshop at Ko-Sa Beach Resort.
The key stakeholders, The Village Chief, Queen Mother, Chief Fisherman, Village Elders, Assembly Man, Local media and local fishermen were present. The main goal of the workshop was to explain why we should protect sea turtles, their ecological role, tagging and data sheet completion. It was clear from the workshop that the stakeholders had enthusiastically received the idea of improved sea turtle conservation and that there was a willingness to go along with the program. With the approval of the Village Chief it was agreed that a suitable person from the village would be retained by Wildseas and given training in sea turtle handling, data sheet completion and tagging of the turtles. In the interim the proprietors of Ko-Sa Beach Resort will personally conduct the tagging and data sheet completion and basic first aid if required.
In 2016 a local school education program and art competitions will be conducted in Ampenyi to heighten awareness of sea turtles in the region. To get the fishing people on board we pay them for the damage of their fishing net when they catch a turtle. The compensation amount is depending on the size of the sea turtle. Between November and March Ko-Sa Beach Resort is organizing walks in the evenings to see sea turtles laying eggs. If you like to sponsor the Sea Turtle Project in Ampenyi to create more awareness and to make this a successful project you are most welcome.