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Mike Izava Olendo's biography

Mike OlendoMike Olendo

My name is Mike Izava Olendo and I lead a team of committed and passionate WWF colleagues and together we form the “WWF-Kenya Lamu marine” team.

We are committed to protecting nesting marine turtles, conserving turtle habitats, protecting delicate coral ecosystems, promoting sustainable fisheries and  improved marine conservation in the Lamu seascape.

In my blogs I want to introduce you to this amazing part of the world by providing a snapshot of marine life, and the culture, whilst giving an overview of the work we undertake to protect it.

Read more blogs about turtles and marine life in Lamu by TV presenter Simon Reeve.

My latest posts


Turtle eating plastic bag ©Paulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo

Marine turtles and plastics

Plastic is one of the most ubiquitous manmade compounds on earth. Since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s to 2015, humans have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics. Alarmingly, more than half of that plastic was produced in the last 13 years. Unless something drastic is done, […]

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Handline fishing North Kenya Bank © WWF-Kenya Hassan Mohamed

Celebrating World Fisheries Day in Kenya

As people around the globe celebrated World Fisheries Day on 21st November, I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little more about the importance of fisheries here in Lamu seascape, Kenya. Fishing is a major economic activity for the local community living in Lamu seascape. It’s estimated that, either directly or […]

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