Through a conservation program, 35 million nests have been protected in Mexico.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) together with the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (conanp) of Mexico will create 17 sanctuaries with the aim that sea turtles They can nest protected and thus avoid illegal trafficking of their meat and eggs.
As part of the update of the National Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtles, the project contemplates that there will be two sanctuaries in Sinaloa (Ceuta Beach and Huizache Caimanero Beach), four in Jalisco (Mismaloya Beach, Teopa Beach, Cuitzmala Beach and El Tecuan Beach), three in Michoacan (Maruata Beach, Colola Beach and Mexiquillo Beach).
Mexico is the country that protects sea turtles the most. Together we prevent their extinction through the work of communities, park rangers, academics and volunteers. To continue taking care of them, we update the National Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtles. I will tell you more.👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/1eMVjKsNq2
— Maria Luisa Albores Gonzalez (@Mary_Luisa_AG) December 2, 2022
as well as two in Warrior (Piedra de Tlacoyunque Beach and Tierra Colorada Beach), two in oaxaca (Playa Chacahua and Playa Escobilla), and one in Chiapas (Puerto Arista Beach), Quintana Roo (Convoy Island Beach), Tamaulipas (Playa Rancho Nuevo) and Yucatan (Playa Ria Lagartos), which will increase the protected area of this species by 6,767 hectares.
In a videoconference, the head of Semarnat, Maria Luisa Albores, said that with these actions the Mexican beaches are consolidated “as reserve areas and refuge sites for the protection, conservation, repopulation, development, and control of the various species of sea turtles”.
The official stressed that “of the seven species of turtles that exist in the world six are found on the Mexican coast“.
These species are the olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea); leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea); hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata); black, brown, green or white (Chelonia mydas); loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and parrot (Lepidochelys kempii).
At the same conference, Adan Pena, head of the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas, reported that in the 17 years that the National Sea Turtle Conservation Program has been in place, 35 million nests have been protected in Mexico and more than 650 million have been released. pups.