Protecting Nesting Grounds for Critically Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtlesbenjaminariffadmin2018-10-23T18:18:24+00:00
Satellite tracking the critically endangered east pacific leatherback sea turtle off the coast of Mexico
East Pacific leatherback sea turtles are going extinct!
Join Turtle Island Restoration Network by directly supporting a new research and conservation program that will help us understand the risks to these critically endangered sea turtles off the coast of Mexico and lead to the protection of their nesting grounds.
According to estimates from the latest survey conducted in 2013, only about 633 individuals remain. Unfortunately, these few remaining sea turtles are not only being driven towards extinction by poachers collecting their eggs and climate change, but from intense and destructive fisheries that litter the East Pacific with invisible gillnets and longlines.
With your support, Turtle Island Restoration Network will satellite tag adult female leatherback sea turtles along the coast of Mexico over the next year – following their movements during the nesting season and collecting data that will be used to define marine protected areas. By understanding these endangered sea turtles, their habitat and the damage caused by fisheries, we can work to establish marine protected areas, no fishing zones, and promote the development of sea turtle safe fishing gear and practices. With your help we can increase adult survivorship of this incredible marine reptile!
Data from the satellite tags will provide vital information in determining how to better protect the treasured adult female leatherbacks that still remain in the East Pacific and occupy the coastal waters of Mexico.
About The Organization:
Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. Our work, based on science, effectively catalyzes long-lasting positive change – hands-on conservation of species like leatherback sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and coho salmon. We mobilize local communities and our work is buoyed by thousands of supporters, volunteers and professionals who extend our network around the globe.
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“Sea turtle numbers can come back from the brink if we can protect their nesting grounds.”
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