Marine Turtle Conservation

Across the world, sea turtle populations face severe threats from the poaching of turtle eggs, incompatible coastal development, and destructive fishing practices.

In particular, the Eastern Pacific is recognized as a globally important habitat for marine turtles and is home to vulnerable and endangered species such as hawksbill, leatherback, olive ridley, and green turtles. Wild Earth Allies will leverage more than a decade of marine turtle conservation work on the pacific coast of Nicaragua by shifting to work regionally with a network of partners to support recovery of sea turtle populations in the Eastern Pacific. Our main strategies are to: protect key turtle nesting sites in Central America through community-based patrolling; strengthen sustainable community tourism initiatives; support better land-use planning in nesting areas; and promote policy reforms that address threats to marine turtles, such as illegal fisheries practices.

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The Eastern Pacific is a globally important habitat for marine turtles and is home to many vulnerable and endangered species.