Coexisting with Endangered Sea Turtles on the Beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula
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About the Event
Sea turtles are on the brink of extinction. These ancient and charismatic creatures play important roles in marine ecosystems and losing them will affect not only marine life but also human life because we depend on marine resources for food. This is why KwF’s partner organization (Pronatura Península de Yucatán, A.C.) in Mexico has dedicated 30 years to the conservation and protection of sea turtles in four of the most important nesting beaches for green and hawksbill sea turtles in the Caribbean.
Every year, between April and October, the Pronatura team conducts beach surveys on nearly 80 km of the Yucatán coast to record and protect nesting sea turtles and their nests. This huge task has been possible with the collaboration of many organizations and it is now giving hopeful results. Besides reducing threats like poaching and predation, the presence of the
Pronatura team in the nesting beaches has helped gather valuable information of annual nesting trends, which in the last 5 years are showing a positive trend. Furthermore, by sharing data with other organizations like KwF, Pronatura is helping to create useful tools for the monitoring of these species worldwide.
Dr. Melania López will be speaking about Coexistence with sea turtles on the beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Pronatura’s work this year. Join us to learn more and find out how you can be part of the solution.