Sea Turtle Conservation at the Tortugario el Banco

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Sea Turtle Conservation

Working with Asociación Fundaselva de Guatemala, Indigo Expeditions has initiated an exciting sea turtle conservation project on the Pacific Coast. Collaborating with the community of El Banco at the tortugario or turtle sanctuary, our research includes monitoring populations of Olive Ridley sea turtles, as well as green sea turtles and leatherback sea turtles in this area of the Pacific coast of Guatemala.

During the survey season volunteer researchers will carry out monitoring to assess the status of three species of endangered sea turtles. All sea turtles suffer from hunting pressure and habitat degradation, and of particular concern is the health of foraging areas and nesting beaches and consequently the effect on the turtle populations.

Opportunities for sea turtle monitoring start in 2017

Tortugario el Banco

In 2014, Indigo Expeditions began collaborating with the community of El Banco on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, near the town of Monterrico, who had been working for the conservation of sea turtles in the area in particular the Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

That year,the tortugario, or turtle sanctuary, was responsible for releasing over 50,000 hatchlings. In 2015, we saw record numbers of Olive Ridley hatchlings released totalling 74,500!

During this last season, already sea turtle releases are totalling over 105,000!!!

I am thoroughly excited about Indigo Expeditions new research project looking at the populations of Olive Ridley sea turtles in the community of El Banco on the Pacific coast of Guatemala.

By working in this region of Guatemala we will be able to contribute to conservation efforts for these amazing species.

Rowland Griffin

Conservation Entrepreneur and Co-founder, Indigo Expeditions

Please get in touch to register your interest.

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