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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (December 1, 2000 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The Solomon Islands Department of Environment and Conservation has begun a survey and monitoring project pertaining to endangered leather back turtles in Isabel province.

The project involves collecting and recording data on the turtles' sizes, the number of female leather back turtles and the number of eggs laid during their nesting period from November to January.

Director of Environment and Conservation Moses Biliki said the monitoring project is being carried out on nesting beaches at Lithogahira and Allardyce, with assistance from local communities.

Biliki said the survey will help his department to determine the number of leather back turtles, a species facing the possibility of extinction.

The turtle population monitoring project is proceeding with the assistance of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

Meanwhile, Mr. Biliki again stressed that it is an offence to kill leather back turtles.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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