Supporting conservation survey for loggerhead turtles in danger of extinction

Since 2015, in Tanegashima, a key location for the Group’s rocket launch business, MHI Group has offered its support for the Tanegashima Loggerhead Turtle Survey, an event sponsored by EarthWatch Japan, an authorized NPO. The loggerhead turtle is in danger of global extinction. Although Tanegashima is the second largest spawning ground for the loggerhead turtle, there have been very few individual identification surveys conducted in the past for the purpose of preservation. Accordingly, we anticipate that the Tanegashima Loggerhead Turtle Survey will not only help to clarify the ecology of the loggerhead turtle but also lead to its preservation. In local surveys, our employees participate as volunteers. Under the guidance of the NPO Sea Turtle Association of Japan, they put identification tags on mother turtles that laid eggs, and check the scute and weights of newly hatched turtles. This project is recognized as a project promoted by the Japan Committee for United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB).
In September 2020, we compiled the survey results for the previous six years and published them on our website.

Checking turtle shell patterns (infrared photo)
Checking turtle shell patterns (infrared photo)
Weighing newly hatched turtles (infrared photo)
Weighing newly hatched turtles (infrared photo)
Waiting for turtles to leave the nest (infrared photo)
Waiting for turtles to leave the nest (infrared photo)
Newly spawned turtles heading out to sea (infrared photo)
Newly spawned turtles heading out to sea (infrared photo)
Volunteers receive vital information before taking part in the survey