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Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific

Sea turtles throughout the world's oceans are endangered and species such as the leatherback and hawksbill turtles of the eastern Pacific are nearing extinction. Both critically endangered leatherbacks and hawksbills, as well as olive Ridley and Pacific Green sea turtles nest along the Pacific beaches of southern Nicaragua, where we work.

How are we helping the sea turtles of the eastern Pacific?

Our Coastal Marine Research Project is designed to contribute to the scientific understanding of sea turtle populations and marine ecology.

Our community-based sea turtle rangers form "the thin green line" between critically endangered sea turtles and would-be poachers and protectors, helping thousands of baby turtles to the sea each year.

Our incentive payments for conservation reward community members who report, monitor, and protect sea turtle nests. Both individuals and community groups receive payments upon initial reporting, and then as sea turtle hatchlings make their way safely into the waters of the Pacific.

Additional Resources

Keep up with the sea turtles of Nicaragua on our blog.

To learn more about our turtle conservation strategies, read "Engaging Local Communities in Sea Turtle Conservation: Strategies from Nicaragua" written by Paso Pacifico founder and director, Sarah Otterstrom, and Board Member Emeritus, Rick Smith. (Originally published in  The George Wright Forum.)

Read our Backstory about the night (on a turtle nesting beach) Paso Pacifico founder, Sarah Otterstrom, realized the importance of combining environmental conservation with economic development.

Check out this educational slideshow about our turtle rangers.

Visit the Sea Turtle Spotlight on our Flickr page.

Contact Us

PO Box 1244 • Ventura, CA 93002-1244
Phone: 1-805-643-7044

Carretera a Masaya Km 12.4
Residencial Villas del Prado, Casa No. 7
Managua, Nicaragua
Phone: +505-2279-8423
Phone: +505-2279-7072

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