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Supporting conservation survey for loggerhead turtles in danger of extinction

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In Tanegashima, a key location for the Group’s rocket launch business, MHI Group 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.
Surveys were conducted four times between June and July 2017, and Group employees acted as volunteers to assist in tagging individual turtles for identification purposes under the direction of the Sea Turtle Association of Japan. This project is recognized as a project promoted by the Japan Committee for United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB).

Employee volunteers receiving preliminary lectures before the survey
Employee volunteers receiving preliminary lectures before the survey
Group photo shoot with survey participants
Group photo shoot with survey participants
Employee volunteers prepare to check the beach for a night survey
Employee volunteers prepare to check the beach for a night survey
Loggerhead turtle laying eggs
Loggerhead turtle laying eggs

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