A Rocha International

Kenyan beach boys: hope through conservation

The rockpools of Watamu Marine National Park in Kenya provide an opportunity for tourists to experience some of its glorious marine life. Through training and resources, A Rocha’s Marine Programme is improving the livelihoods of local ‘beach boys’ and conserving the park’s precious habitats.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation




The rockpools of Watamu’s marine park are important for their diverse habitats and unique species. Easily accessible from the beach, they are enjoyed by guests of nearby hotels and give a taster of the ocean’s vast marine life. Local young men, known as ‘beach boys’, use the opportunity to show tourists around and sell them snorkelling trips and safaris. However, these beach boys often have limited knowledge, can cause damage to the habitats, and can become caught up in drugs and prostitution.


A Rocha Kenya’s field study centre is based just a few minutes’ walk from these rockpool habitats. The centre has an education building and a Kenyan marine biologist with experience studying these rockpools. Using this expertise, A Rocha will be working with the beach boys and local management authority to protect these habitats and develop a sustainable rockpool guide training programme, which will help to improve the livelihoods of these vulnerable individuals.