We are working tirelessly to create the very first marine sanctuary dedicated to the protection of sea turtles in Japan.
With your help, the very first sanctuary will be located right here in Okinawa.
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Chura-mura was founded in early summer of 2020. As an after-effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent decrease in tourism to Okinawa, there was a bloom of turtle nesting activity, first noticed along Uza Beach in Yomitan Village.
We erected fences to protect these nests, and the area saw more turtles born than in many years previous, we assume because of the lack of traffic along the beach, and the fact that marine sports in the adjacent lagoon had slowed with the lack of tourism.
The protection of these nests, and our first summer with the turtles quickly evolved into an island wide movement, and the variety of programs that define chura-mura today.
How You Can Help
We need volunteers for the following: administration, fundraising, and merchandising. All positions can be part-time and semi-remote. Please enquire to set up a time to meet and discuss how you can be a part of the Turtle Ranger Team.
Programs & Activities