Sea turtle conservation, Costa Rica
Pacuare Beach, northern Costa Rica, is an important nesting site for Leatherback and Green turtles, and some rare Hawksbill turtles, listed by the IUCN as ‘in danger’ or ‘in critical danger’ of extinction. 400-700 turtle nests a year are registered on this beach. The main threats are unsustainable fishing practices, exploitation by humans for food, habitat loss and pollution. Pacuare is a remote area, only accessible by boat and home to a small community. Latin American Sea Turtles will use this project to involve and train members of the local community and international volunteers/scientists to carry out beach patrols, build hatcheries, collect data, monitor nests, tag females, discourage poachers, replant trees and create a schools’ education and environmental outreach programme in order to protect the turtles at this important nest site.