The electrified fence placed across the coastal zone of Kissama National Park, in Luanda, by the Environment Ministry, is helping to prevent trespassers into the egg-laying zone of marine turtles, where one can currently find about 30 nests with hundreds of eggs.
This was revealed last Friday by the director of the park, Miguel Savituma, who added that last Wednesday some individuals tried, though unsuccessfully, to invade the area with the intention to get hold of turtles and eggs.
The director of the park stated that the invasion of the park did not result in damages to the nests.
"The fencing is bringing positive results, causing the reduction of strange people in the area (...)", he assured.
In Angola, turtles are being protected through the Kitabanga project linked to the Sciences Faculty of the state-owned Agostinho Neto University (UAN), being implemented since 2003.
With this project, the authorities intend to get an overview of the areas and species of turtles, indentify their nests, increase the level of experience and upgrade technicians for a greater and better intervention in the Angolan coast.
The project involves teachers, university students and environmental associations, as well as members of the local community, besides the support and co-ordination of the Environment Ministry.