During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the high slaughter rates of egg-bearing females created sufficient national concern to designate the nesting beach a Prohibited Area. As a result, the Wildlife Section of the Forestry Division engaged the Matura community in consultation in finding a solution to this national problem. With training from the Forestry Division, participants decided to stay together to form a nature-based group. This group was named Nature Seekers. Nature Seekers was trusted with the responsibility to provide regular patrols to protect the turtles and to ensure they nested successfully. When this project began in 1990 there was no monetary gain and members of Nature Seekers functioned on a voluntary basis. This was done because it was difficult for them to obtain funding for a project people thought would never succeed. This was the time when Nature Seekers’ fundraising effort started developing. The government was so motivated by the efforts of the community that they commissioned the group members to perform beach patrols and to provide a tour guide service to visitors who purchased permits to visit Matura Beach during the nesting season.