The oceans cover 70% of the Earth’s surface; 94% of life on Earth is aquatic; and between 70 and 80% of the world’s oxygen is created by marine plants.
These facts alone highlight the dire importance of marine conservation and the shared responsibility we all have to protect our oceans and its inhabitants. And so, equally important to our core operations, and perhaps &Beyond’s fourth ‘C’, is Care of the Water.
Did you know that &Beyond Mnemba Island is one of only two protected nesting sites in Zanzibar for the endangered green sea turtle? Our Mnemba family has been recording data since 1998 and in those 17 years, an estimated 60 000 green turtles have been born on Mnemba Island. Each year, 38 nests on average are laid on the island, with more than 100 hatchlings born per nest.
In 2015 alone, the Mnemba team was fortunate to watch approximately 1 523 hatchlings from 22 different nests brave their way to sea. The last nest broke the Mnemba records with an impressive 149 eggs! An incredible conservation victory and proof that Mnemba’s efforts are making a successful and sustainable impact.
Click here to watch a video produced by National Geographic about &Beyond Mnemba Island and its conservation initiatives.