Harris Wei-Khang Heng — Malaysia (2018)

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The Sibu-Tinggi Archipelago in Johor, Malaysia, hosts poorly known populations of foraging green and hawksbill sea turtles on the extensive seagrass meadows in its subtidal zones. Those unique habitats are also very important for dugongs. Harris Heng from the University of Malaya will use a 2018 SWOT grant to conduct surveys and spatial ecology studies that will require an unmanned aerial vehicle. SWOT support will help purchase equipment and cover travel costs to reach the remote archipelago. Results of the work will be used to encourage the expansion of conservation efforts beyond nesting beaches.