Our turtle conservation program is the result of a collaboration with Proyecto Aak Mahahual, an organization that protects sea turtles on local beaches, and the technical guidance of Roberto Herrera, who specializes in sea turtle conservation at Colegio de la Frontera Sur. The program’s objectives are organized around three main axis:
- Monitoring the local turtle population: The program will collect data concerning the demography and health of the population, the location of nesting and foraging grounds and eventual challenges to conservation. The obtained information will allows us to promote pragmatic actions for the management and conservation of these beautiful animals. Data will also be shared with our collaborators at Colegio de la Frontera Sur and Universidad de Quintana Roo.
- Surveillance and protection of nesting grounds: Permanent surveillance committees staffed by volunteers will monitor nesting beaches during nesting season to mark nests and build incubation pens. In exceptional cases (predation, pillage, flooding) eggs will be transported from their nests into incubation pens or nurseries.
- Environmental education: Turtle conservation activities present important pedagogical opportunities for the environmental education of the local population as well as students of all levels. Takata research center will soon be offering courses and seminars on sea turtle biology and conservation. Students will be able to participate in surveillance and conservation activities, as well as in data collection.