CONSERVATION IN ACTION
Paso Pacifico is happy to announce the 2016 results from our sea turtle conservation program. Last year, Paso Pacifico successfully released 4745 baby sea turtles into the ocean!
sea turtles were hatched across four key nesting beaches that we
monitor, including Nicaragua's most important nesting beach for the
Eastern Pacific Green Turtle, or torita. Our sea turtle
conservation program also helps protect the Olive Ridley, Leatherback,
and Hawskbill turtle species. However, the sea turtle rangers—local men and women who lead these conservation efforts—are the program's most important component. Their hard work, knowledge, and passion for the ocean make it successful.
Last year was challenging for rangers and sea turtles alike because of the extreme heat generated during the El Niño
climate event. Although we are pleased with the year's results, the
number of nests was one-third of the annual average. In addition, the
heat and sun exposure were demoralizing for the ranger team. In response
to this challenge, Paso Pacifico took advantage of the "down time" to
train the rangers on important topics that included first aid, disaster
planning and response, team-building, and leadership. We also worked
with the rangers to review monitoring methods and data sheets. These
training sessions have helped motivate the team and strengthen the
program, which is in its ninth year.
This capacity-building work was made possible thanks to the generous support of the New England Biolabs Foundation. Other donors who have helped to sustain the sea turtle program through the years include The Woodtiger Fund, SEETurtles.org, and anonymous donors.