Forum – Marine Conservation

2023 Moderator

Dr. Long Seh Ling

Seh Ling is the Principal Officer of Lang Tengah Turtle Watch. She oversees the operations and finances, as well as maintaining public relations with relevant stakeholders. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, research development, fundraising, training, and staff recruitment. Seh Ling brings with her years of turtle experience, being the former project manager of Perhentian Eco-Education Project. Her boundless passion for sea turtle conservation has even led her to become one of the founding members of the Perhentian Turtle Project. Seh Ling has recently concluded her PhD in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Her research investigated the human-sea turtle interaction complex to understand how sea turtles fit into the lives of local communities in protected marine areas.

2023 Panelist

Tanya Liebrick

Tanya is a Conservation Biologist with a background in marine, terrestrial, and sea turtle conservation as well as sustainability. She’s worked with islands for several years and specialises in managing the unique and fragile ecosystems found on and around them. Her role with Tengah Island Conservation is to oversee the overall mission and management of the organisation. She also supports Batu Batu Resort in its commitments to become more sustainable.

Jeethvendra Kirishnamoorthie

Science Officer
Tropical Research And Conservation Centre (TRACC)

After completing his BSc in Marine Biology at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Jeethvendra Kirishnamoorthie ventured into his career in Sabah with Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) as a science officer. His research interests mainly cover coral reef restoration and sea turtle conservation. He employs non-contact, minimally invasive techniques to study sea turtle population and distribution dynamics on reefs surrounding Semporna, Sabah. As a current postgraduate at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), he hopes that his sea turtle project will provide a better estimate of their populations in Semporna, which is fundamental to protect endangered species. He who is also an Honorary Wildlife Warden in Sabah, regularly patrols Pom Pom Island preventing against turtle nest poaching and illegal fishing practices.

2022

Jason Gan

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT

Jason graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Tropical Environmental Biology from Monash University Malaysia before becoming an intern with Lang Tengah Turtle Watch in 2019. He quickly fell in love with sea turtle conservation and joined on full time as a site manager in the following years. He will never forget the first time he saw a critically endangered hawksbill turtle lay over 150 eggs, or the time a green turtle mother returned to the ocean as the early morning sun rose on the Terengganu shoreline. Currently, Jason works as an environmental consultant in Kuala Lumpur, but sea turtles are never far from his heart and mind.

Syamsyahidah Samsol

SEATRU SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR

SEATRU’s Scientific Coordinator and a PhD candidate in sea turtle research and conservation. Responsible in leading sea turtle health assessments for global blood reference intervals focuses in Malaysia as insights for better understanding and detecting abnormalities of their physiological studies. The long-term interest in this field aspire to refine conservation managements by providing guidelines for future uses in research and national state of governance implementations

Long Seh Ling

PRINCIPAL OFFICER
LANG TENGAH TURTLE WATCH

Seh Ling is the Principal Officer of Lang Tengah Turtle Watch, in charge of implementing the best management practices for our hatcheries and nesting mother surveys. Seh Ling brings with her years of turtle experience, being the former project manager of Perhentian Eco Education Project. Her boundless passion for sea turtle conservation has even led her to become one of the founding members of the Perhentian Turtle Project. Seh Ling has recently concluded her PhD in Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Her research investigated the human-sea turtle interaction complex to understand how sea turtles fit into the lives of local communities in protected marine areas.

ZAFIRAH HAMKA

Project Manager
Perhentian Turtle Project

Nurul Zafirah Hamka graduated from BASc. Marine Technology in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and is actively involved in event planning and initiatives of environmental programmes ever since 2015. Recognized in the field, she is now a Project Manager of the Perhentian Turtle Project, a sea turtle conservation initiative under Fuze Ecoteer Outdoor Adventure Sdn. Bhd. Her major is in the environmental field, specializing in sea turtles; collaborating on a research project with the Perhentian Turtle Project titled “Photo Identification Method of Green Sea Turtle in Perhentian Islands by Using I3S Software.” In 2022, she is currently focusing on the core research project initiated by PTP titled “To Study The Sea Turtle Movement Map Using Facial Photographic Identification and Paired-Laser Photogrammetry at The Perhentian Islands Marine Park.

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