THE Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) has reported a significant increase in the number of turtle sightings so far this year.
MES project manager Betani Salusalu said recent research conducted in the Mamanuca Group revealed a major change in the nesting behaviour of the sea creatures.
"The traditional nesting session for sea turtles in Fiji is from October to April but the trend has changed in the Mamanucas this year. We have noticed that nesting has continued throughout the year.
"Some of the nesting sites like South Sea Island, Vomo Island, Tavarua Island and Monuriki Island are still experiencing hatchlings even though it's the nesting session," he said.
Mr Salusalu said the increased sightings and change in nesting meant their turtle project worked.