In 2005 the Dorobo Fund Directors, recreational stakeholders, the Tanzanian Government and the local community have joined together in an unique venture to protect the Maziwe Island Marine Reserve. Marine Conservation on Maziwe Island and the surrounding reefs is vital for a long-term sustainability of Pangani´s economy and environment. The broad goals of Friends of Maziwe are to monitor and evaluate the health and bio diversity of the Maziwe coral reefs in order to preserve and protect our coastal ecosystem.
The Turtle Conservation Project in Ushongo is one of the main projects of Friends of Maziwe. Green turtles are nesting on Maziwe Island but inundation of the beach gives no survival chance for the eggs. Therefore our turtle team monitors closely any turtle activity, relocates nests into two protected hatcheries and raises awareness amongst local communities of the importance of a healthy turtle population. Turtles are on the brink of extinction in Tanzania.