The number of sea turtles nesting in Kuta is decreasing drastically every year, the BSTS says. Before 2020 they would rescue around 700 nests in a year. But last year, they recorded only around 200 sea turtle nests in Kuta beach.
The alarming decline in sea turtle nests is mainly caused by beach erosion due to rising sea levels and construction development, as well as plastic trash pollution, BSTS says.
“We have a problem now in Kuta beach because of erosion causing habitat loss, leaving less space for the mother to lay her eggs”, says Wayan Wiradnyana, chairman of BSTS. “Another problem is plastic waste. Everything washes up on the beach when we have a west monsoon. That also makes it difficult for the mother turtle to come up to lay her eggs.”
“So far this year we have only rescued around 20 nests, compared to the other years in the peak season we would have already rescued maybe more than 100,” Wayan adds.