A turtle which was named ‘Dodo’ was released into the sea at Għajn Tuffieħa this morning after undergoing a rehabilitation course thanks to Nature Trust – FEE Malta and the Environmental and Resources Authority (ERA).
The President of Nature Trust Malta, Vince Attard, explained that ‘Dodo’ had been found wounded by a fishing hook and was medically rehabilitated over the last year. He said that currently many fishermen have been reporting the presence of a large number of turtles and this should be helpful for ‘Dodo’ to integrate with other turtles in Maltese waters.
During an educational activity mounted by Nature Trust Malta, that also included a beach cleanup by children and the release of the turtle, the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning, Aaron Farrugia, thanked all the volunteers, including the Rangers that look after the Park tal-Majjistral as well as ERA for the important work they are carrying out to protect marine biodiversity.
He explained that biodiversity is currently at the top of the EU’s Agenda under the Presidency of Germany, and his Ministry is promoting a number of initiatives for greater biodiversity protection, including new guidelines on light pollution and the campaign Saving our Blue which aims at minimising the disposal of refuse in beach areas and the use of single-use plastics.
ERA is engaged with Nature Trust Malta to financially assist the rescue and rehabilitation of damaged fauna.