The team has also secured a ‘No Take Zone’ whereby the fishermen are protecting an area of the sea and corals where no fishing is allowed. This allows the fish to grow and breed and the corals too are able to recover. The changes and improvement to the quantity and quality of the fish at this sites is remarkable and in a further 2-3 year’s time these areas, which are clearly marked, will show significant signs of recovery. Snorkeling is welcome but respect our local communities and only leave your footprints on the beach and refrain from taking any fish, coral, shells or other marine life from our beautiful beaches and protected marine areas.
Humpback Whale Migration
At certain times of the year in August – October, The unforgettable sight of migrating Humpback Whales, often with young calves, may be seen heading for their feeding grounds in the Southern Indian Ocean. Sightings are really good from the holiday homes along Bureni Beach in Vipingo as the reef is very close to the beach and often the whales use the reef as protection for their young. Visitors and Residents often congregate together on the beach to marvel at a whale breaching off the shore-line; a memory that will last a lifetime. Local researchers monitor the whales and report their sightings to an International Whale Conservation and Monitoring Group based in Tanzania.
The Bureni Turtle Watch and fishermen community and marine conservation group is a community-based initiative bringing together artisans, fishers and residents from Bureni Community with a goal to promote sustainable utilization and management of marine resources in the area. If you are interested in volunteering in Kenya with a community based marine conservation group please contact us directly through this website..