Abdulmaula Hamza

Country: Libya

Occupation: Researcher, Environment General Authority

Specialty: Biodiversity conservation

Best part about my job: Working in the field, especially surveying beaches and working with fishermen.

Biggest challenges I face: Lack of commitment to sea turtle conservation.

The most unusual or exciting thing that’s happened to me while working in the field: Sleeping two hours on the line between seawater and sands awaiting a rescue car for our sunken car in the sands of Tillil in July ‘97

Why I like being a member of the MTSG: It is an honor to be a member, and gives a great opportunity for exchanging knowledge and experiences.

Turtle researcher / conservationist I most admire: Many: Luc Laurent, D. Margaritoulis and A. Demetropoulis and others

When I’m not working on turtles I like to: Travel to natural sites in Libya and the world.

Ten years from now, I hope I will be doing: A comprehensive network of protected areas for sea turtles on the Libyan coast.

Relevant links to find out more about me and my work: www.seaturtle.org