In efforts to protect endangered turtles and create sustainable facilities for tourism, the Environment Authority (EA) is currently implementing a project to develop the Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve with the support of Oman India Fertiliser Company.
The reserve in Jinz Beach in South Sharqiyah governorate is a world-renowned nesting site of green turtles (Cheloniamydas). It is perhaps one of the most important nesting places in the coastline of the Indian Ocean.
An EA official said the 150-day project started on July 18 and will end on December 24. The project includes construction of a 450m wall to protect turtles, four viewing platforms, a circular walkway adjacent to the wall, and three canopies.
The project aims to create facilities for tourists to allow them to watch turtles without disturbing the marine creatures. “It will add to the aesthetic value of the nesting site,” the official said.
The Ras al Jinz Reserve was established via a Royal Decree in 1996 to preserve one of the rarest natural elements of the country and includes an interactive museum.