The Arnavons, a group of four of the Solomon Islands, are home to the largest nesting site of hawksbill turtles in the South Pacific. Around 1200 hawksbill turtles, named for their narrow heads and sharp beaks, lay eggs here every year. Unfortunately, despite their international protected status, people still hunt them for their flesh and beautiful shells, as well as harvesting their eggs for food. The Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area was established in 1995 to help protect the hawksbills as well as other marine life. Here Willie Atu of the Nature Conservancy describes efforts to save these exquisite creatures.


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  • Visit the Arnavon Islands. Money from tourism helps fund these government funded projects. You can also volunteer to help monitors on their nightly beach patrols.
  • Sea turtles live in almost every ocean. Unfortunately 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles are endangered. Learn what you can do to help sea turtles in your area.
  • The Nature Conservancy has programs around the world to protect nature and protect life. Find out what you can do to help.

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