Furthermore, impacts can be minimized by adapting deployment of nets to reduce drowning, and by encouraging the industrial fishery sector to install turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in trawls. Also, disturbance to nesting beaches can be reduced through integrated approaches to coastal planning, correct siting of structures, and controls on lighting, as is currently planned in Cape Verde.
In most of the WAMER countries, information concerning turtle habitats and population dynamics is incomplete. Regional collaboration in collecting and sharing of research data is needed to guide management actions and determine priorities.
In addition, many of the marine turtle conservation issues are common throughout the region, and individual countries have much to gain from sharing experience concerning legislation and awareness raising activities at different levels (communities, fishermen, tourism sector).
The objective of the WWF WAMER project is to build capacity for marine turtle management at national and regional levels, address information needs for marine turtle management, strengthen regional collaboration, and to implement priority management actions.