All our interventions focus on a single goal: to protect turtles and their egg-laying sites on the Bourail coastline.

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monitoring the turtles

The beaches of Bourail (La Roche Percée and Baie des Tortues) are the first site for laying large-headed turtles (Caretta caretta) in New Caledonia, and the second site in the South Pacific. The first location is in Australia, in Mon Repos (Bundaberg).


If marine turtles do not find a welcoming environment, they will not lay eggs. Based on this observation, Bwärä – Marine Turtles set up a nursery in 2008 and started to collect seeds, buy plants and grow all these trees to ensure the sustainability of the beaches and the best welcome for turtles.


The third aspect of the association’s action is to raise public awareness of the themes of marine turtle protection and the environment in general. Taking part to local events, being involved in environmental commitees to inform and support.


To respect marine turtles, the ideal is not to come to the beach at night during the breeding season (from November to May)!

All marine ecosystems are under increasing pressure and threats from human activities such as tourism development, overexploitation of resources, pollution and poaching. Among the threatened or endangered species, sea turtles of all species are particularly vulnerable. They are all protected.

environmental legislation

together, let’s protect the marine turtles 
and their spawning sites.


Heavy fines of up to 1 million CFP francs are foreseen for any infringement. The fine is doubled when these offences are committed in a protected area. However… La Roche Percée, La Baie des Tortues, Poé, and l’île Verte, are classified as Marine Nature Reserves. As such, public access is regulated.


La Roche Percée and La Baie des Tortues are concerned by the Protection of Marine Turtles, species in danger of extinction. As such, the following are strictly prohibited:

  • the production of light
  • approaching at a distance of less than 10 metres from the animal
  • the destruction or removal of eggs and nests
  • hunting, fishing
  • the introduction of dogs on the sites and during egg laying and emergency periods
  • disturb protected animals for photography or sound recording
  • the destruction or degradation of egg laying sites.