Welcome Our Mission
The mission of the Bioko Marine Turtle Program is to conserve sea turtles through research, education, and outreach.
The Bioko Marine Turtle Program and Purdue University Fort Wayne, conserve and protect sea turtles through the development and implementation of research, educational, and outreach programs on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.
We work with community members in the remote village of Ureca, and other key stake holders, to develop sustainable economic opportunities and a long term vision that includes the well-being of the people who live in the pristine protected area along the southern beaches of Bioko Island and the sea turtles that nest there.
By employing community members as active participants in research and conservation activities, we increase local capacity and enlist community members as advocates for changing perception about the value of biodiversity and the unique ecosystem in the Gulf of Guinea.
By providing sustainable, alternate income opportunities we also decrease reliance of villagers in this rural community on wildlife harvest and provide indirect protection by increasing the presence of conservation minded people in this remote area.
The Bioko Marine Turtle Program and Purdue University Fort Wayne work in close collaboration with The Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Forestal y Gestión del Sistema de Áreas Protegidas (INDEFOR-AP), Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (UNGE), and other national and international stake holders.
The 2022 - 2023 field season is underway. Our Field Assistants are conducting research, education programs, and conservation activities on the southern beaches of Bioko Island.