The Turtle Conservation And Education Centre (TCEC) is located on Serangan Island, Bali, Indonesia and was opened by the governors of Bali on the 20 January 2006. TCEC was formed and developed with the aim to eradicate illegal turtle trading on the island. TCEC supports the local community of Serangan, so together they can find alternatives to the illegal turtle trade. By providing education, tourism opportunities, conservation and research all play a vital part in giving Bali’s endangered turtles a chance to survive. TCEC is supported by WWF, The Provincial Nature Resource Conservation Agency, Bali’s municipality authorities and the local community.
The main elements to the Centre including putting a definitive end to the turtle trade, by using education and encouraging the public not to purchase any turtle products. By using conservation methods and research, by monitoring turtle size and number helps to control and regulate the species. Also, offering employment opportunities the local of Serangan and acting as watchdog for turtle trade, all contributes to their protection.
The Centre itself also directly helps to protect turtles by looking after injured animals, collecting nests from busy tourist beaches and purchasing eggs from the local people to prevent them from being consumed. The eggs are then bred at the Centre and the hatchlings are raised until they are old enough to be released safely. Mango Tiger supports the cause and we send our travellers to the centre to help build more awareness around the issue and educate future generations about conservation.