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August 25, 2017

Help us Save Nesting Sea Turtles!

Help us raise $25,000!
Photo: Claudio Contreras

There are seven sea turtle species on earth and ALL seven species are listed as either globally endangered or threatened. Experts believe that out of every 1000 sea turtles that hatch, ONLY 1 survives to adulthood. Threats like pollution, habitat destruction, bycatch from commercial fisheries and the poaching of turtle meat and eggs all affect a sea turtle’s ability to survive.

However, WILDCOAST is working to combat these threats in two of the most globally significant sea turtle nesting and hatching beaches on the planet – Oaxaca’s Morro Ayuta and Barra de la Cruz - on the southern coast of Mexico.

In 2016, 1 million Olive Ridley sea turtles laid over 90 million eggs, producing 32 million hatchlings on Morro Ayuta. Less than 10 miles away, the giant Leatherback - the largest of all living turtles, whose population has reduced over 40% in the past 30 years - nests on the picturesque beach of Barra de la Cruz. 

WILDCOAST utilizes multiple approaches to protect and conserve these critical nesting beaches which includes:

  • Supporting monitoring efforts (counting adult nesting female’s presence, number of eggs laid and hatchlings) and beach clean-ups in partnership with CONANP (Mexico’s Commission of Natural Protected Areas).
  • Working with CONANP to enforce the protection of these nesting beaches and defending turtle nests from poachers.
  • Training locals on the importance of their nesting beaches, reporting poachers and implementing preparedness response plans. For instance, WILDCOAST developed Mexico’s very first oil spill response plan along Oaxaca’s coast and trained locals on the safe and proper way to deal with oiled wildlife. Oil spills are a looming threat in the area, with the presence of a nearby refinery.
  • Educating local youth from indigenous coastal communities on sea turtle conservation.
  • Promoting Morro Ayuta as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention of 1971, which helps signify the global importance of the area and supports the protection of the sensitive ecosystem from further destruction.

WILDCOAST will continue to expand our efforts to preserve the vulnerable turtle nesting beaches along Oaxaca’s coast. One of the next big steps will be developing an ecological zoning plan for the area around Huatulco National Park which will provide further protection.

The protection of these beaches is key for sea turtles' survival. Join us in our efforts to conserve these critically important sea turtle nesting beaches. Your donation can help us continue our work to conserve this incredible wildlife.