WILDCOAST works in the coast of Oaxaca, in areas that include Morro Ayuta and Barra de la Cruz. This region is a key area for sea turtle conservation and forms an ecological continuum of the Copalita-Zimatán-Huatulco-Manialtepec priority areas, which is an important region for community base conservation.
The coast of Oaxaca is one of the most diverse regions of Mexico and is globally recognized for its beaches where four out of seven endangered species of sea turtles nest. Species of sea turtles that inhabit and nest in this area include the green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtle. In addition, the area is recognized as a land and marine priority area at the national level due to the presence of unique endemic species, its reef formations, and, species diversity.
The coast of Oaxaca is also unique because of the “arribada”, a phenomenon where over tens of thousands of sea turtles come to nest at the same time. Two of the 12 beaches in the world that presents this phenomenon are in this region, these beaches are La Escobilla and Morro Ayuta.
WILDCOAST has an office in Huatulco, Oaxaca, close to the most important sea turtle nesting beaches. Since 2010, WILDCOAST has worked in Oaxaca to conserve these endangered species from major threats that include the illegal harvest of their meat and eggs, habitat destruction, accidental by-catch, and pollution. Our conservation strategies include:
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Practical steps you can take to protect and preserve sea turtles.
If you live in Mexico, call 01800-7703372 to report the illegal trade of sea turtle products to the environmental ministry enforcement.
It is hard to overstate the importance of Oaxaca’s stunning beaches to the long-term survival of sea turtles. In 2015, over 620,519 sea turtles nested on protected beaches in Oaxaca. More than 18 million sea turtle hatchlings emerged from their nests in one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth.
Thanks to our conservation in efforts we:
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contactGabriela Garcia Besné
Conservation Program Coordinator for Oaxaca
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Gabriela Ang Montes de Oca
Program Manager: Oaxaca´s Coast
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