Respecting Marine Life: A conversation with Dr. M. Shoaib Kiani

Respecting Marine Life: A conversation with Dr. M. Shoaib Kiani

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By: Saadeqa Khan

The important sea turtle nesting beaches along the Pakistan coast include Sandspit and Hawksbay beaches near Karachi, and Ormara-Taq Beach, Astola Island and
17 Daran beaches along the Makran coast. These beaches are nesting sites
of sea turtles which lay their eggs on these beaches during July to
December. In this interview, Dr. M Shoaib Kiyani, a senior professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences Karachi University, talked briefly about the issues the coastal belt of Sindh and Baluchistan are facing. The marine life especially sea turtles are under severe threats along the coastal belt of Baluchistan.
All of these turtles are leading their lives with an insecure future and are facing many difficulties, especially habitat degradation. Their habitats are being affected by human activity quite rapidly. Other than this, illegal wildlife trade, accidental entanglements in fishing gear, pollution, poaching, the use of several of their body parts in medicines due to various and stealing their eggs from their nests before hatching are some common conservation issues. This is a species in which survival rate is just one percent. Out of every hundred hatchlings, only one reaches adulthood. The rest either serve as food for natural predators or fall prey to various human activities.

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