The Sea Turtle Protection Program in Los Cabos protects more than 130 km of coastline
Biologist Gabriel Olvera Guevara, coordinator of the Sea Turtle Protection Program, reported on the results of the program, which has been in operation for more than two decades, protecting about 130 kilometers of coastline in the municipality, in collaboration with the tourist developments located in front of the beaches.
This program is more than 20 years old. It started with 11 kilometers. Now they protect about 130 kilometers of the 180 kilometers of coastline that the municipality has. Field technicians tour the beaches at night, locate the nests and take the eggs to the incubation villages. There are about 18 incubation sites on the beach, spread all along the coast.
Olvera Guevara explained that they work primarily with the olive ridley sea turtle, 99% of which nest in Los Cabos and whose population has increased by 40% thanks to the program’s protection. The technicians take the turtle eggs to the incubation villages, a process that takes 45 days.
The program also has a presence in tourist resorts where turtle sightings are reported and crowded beaches are protected. Last year, 9,500 turtle nests were protected, with good results for the species.
With reporting by Jesús Moreno for Tribuna de México