KARUMBÉ EDUCATIONAL PROJECT: AN APPROACH TO FISHINGCOMMUNITIES
Antonia Bauzá & Anita Aisemberg
C.I.D., Proyecto Karumbé, Tortugas Marinas del Uruguay J. Paullier 1198/101, Montevideo, Uruguay,email@example.com
Karumbé has been working since 1999 on the review and conservation of the sea turtlesof Uruguay. The facts show that frequently turtles are trapped in fishermen nets, andoccasionally they are processed, eaten and their carapaces are sold. Taking this intoaccount and for protecting these ancient reptiles which ply our seas, we consideressential an educational programme. During 2002, Karumbé made a preliminary surveyon twelve locations of the coastline, along a total of 530 km (‘Río de la Plata’ estuaryand Atlantic Ocean), working with children and fishermen of our most important fishingcommunities. Our objective was to make the local people aware of the present situationof the sea turtles, as well as collecting the necessary information for designing anEducational Project for the critical areas. In this first evaluation, we discovered a greatinterest on the topic, both by children and adults. We also registered that some childrenof the studied areas do not attend to their school classes, but they are very receptive tolearning about these animals, children who sometimes have seen the turtles alive ordead trapped in a net or as part of a meal. We consider possible and necessary,according to our findings, to continue and extend the activities on critical areas,promoting the cooperative work with the fishermen and their families, with childrentransmitting the message of the pressing need of a new future for the sea turtles.