Help us #freetheflipper!
Help us us untangle more turtles from ghost gear, further our educational programs, ghost gear removal efforts and initiatives to reuse end-of-life fishing gear! Donate to the Olive Ridley Project by contributing to our #freetheflipper fundraiser. Our aim is to raise $5000 through #freetheflipper and we are grateful for any donation we receive – big or small.
Did you know that because of invisible “ghost” nets, thousands of turtles, and other marine animals, in the Indian Ocean are entangled each year? Entanglement in ghost nets devastates turtles by causing undue stress, dehydration, starvation, and eventually death.The turtles rescued by the Olive Ridley Project are only a fraction of those who endure this agony in the open sea. It is almost impossible to pinpoint exactly how many go unnoticed.
Currently we do not have the money to support a full-time ghost net removal crew in the Indian Ocean, or the rehabilitation of marine organisms caught in those nets: As a result we rely on the generosity of volunteers working throughout India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.
The funds we do have are spent on raising public awareness and educating local communities about the ghost net problem. We provide educational material, workshops, and newsletters about our project.
Our goal is to educate boat captains, divers, fishermen, visitors, biologists, and anyone whose livelihoods rely on the Indian Ocean, about the damage caused by ghost nets. We aim to combat this problem that plagues our oceans and the organisms within it through research and education. Even the smallest amount helps us reach our goal.
Help us #freetheflipper at generosity.com or donate to the Olive Ridley Project via Pay Pal using Donate button below.
On behalf of all turtles that will benefit from your generosity we thank you in advance for your support!