Support the Olive Ridley Project
Your Donation Will Help Us Fight Ghost Nets and Conserve Turtles
Did you know that because of invisible ghost nets, thousands of turtles and other marine animals in the Indian Ocean are entangled each year? Ghost net entrapment 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.
Your donation will help us untangle more turtles from ghost gear and nurture injured turtles back to health. Furthermore, it will fund our educational programs, ghost gear removal efforts and initiatives to reuse end-of-life fishing gear. We are grateful for any donation we receive – big or small.
Donations to the Olive Ridley Project will help us fund the running of our Marine Turtle Rescue Centre in Baa Atoll, where we care for the injured sea turtles rescued throughout the Maldives. We currently rely on the generosity of volunteers working with our Turtle Vet to ensure proper care for our patients.
We also rely on volunteers to carry out ghost net removals in the Indian Ocean; ghost nets are removed after chance sightings by recreational divers and boat crews. Donate to the Olive Ridley Project and help us employ a team of ghost net busters.
The funds we do have, we spend 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.
Start Your Own Fundraiser
Did you know that you can get involved by starting your own fundraiser for the Olive Ridley Project? Create your own account with Charity Checkout and start your own fundraiser in support of the Olive Ridley Project.
Symbolic Adoption of Identified Sea Turtles
As part of our Turtle Photo-ID program, we offer symbolic adoptions of newly identified and still name- less sea turtles, which have been added to our database with only an identification code. When you symbolically adopt a turtle, you get to chose the name!
Your kind donation and symbolic turtle adoption will help us continue our research of the sea turtle population in the Maldives. This research will, in turn, help us develop and evaluate conservation strategies aimed at saving sea turtles threatened by extinction.
On behalf of all turtles that will benefit from your generosity, we thank you in advance for your support!