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Environmental Recovery Program in Mexico
1. Marine Turtle Protection Program

Extending our passionate commitment to protecting high traffic, ecologically endangered areas of the world, this continuing project has seen the efforts of Fundación Ecológica Bahía Príncipe Tulum, in collaboration with SHARE, protecting the majestic sea turtle and its habitat on the beaches of Mexico. Increasingly, tourism, and its resultant environmental degradation, has been threatening the habitat and spawning grounds that this animal depends on for its continued existence. Through collaborating with local people and authorities, we have seen stunning results from our work to protect this imperiled environment and its endangered residents.

It is an urgent need to implement actions that will protect our planet for future generations. In this highly important part of our ongoing program in Mexico, working with the local people in the area to help them preserve the wonderful locale and natural species with which they are intricatly tied.

As the situation for the native turtles deteriorated and the need for action became more and more pressing, Fundación Ecológica stepped in to organize a long term plan. In 1999, we established a permanent program for the protection and preservation of the shoreline environment and those species that use it as a spawning ground.

Part of this plan includes protecting eggs that, once layed, are often at the mercy of poachers, unintended damage from tourists, natural and man-made changes in the shoreline that threaten to wash the young eggs out too sea, and other dangers.

By moving the eggs to a more protected location, we are also able to more accurately track the numbers of eggs layed, and later, how many turtles actually hatch and how many are lost. Once hatched, we can also assist them in their journey to the safety of the ocean waters. The numbers tabulated from our ongoing work over the last four years have provided us with proof of the success of our program. After the first two years, a marked and impressive increase in the number of nests and total eggs was seen.
Chart: Total Nests Counted From 1999 to 2002
Chart: Total Eggs Counted From 1999 to 2002
Note: Sea turtles spawn every other year (high season then a low season the next), so numbers are generally compared from every other year.
Chart: Loggerhead Turtle Statistics
Chart: Green Turtle Statistics

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