The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is being driven to extinction. You can help!
Hawksbill sea turtles are one of the most endangered sea turtle populations on the planet—only a few hundred nesting hawksbills remain. The population is not likely to persist without coordinated conservation actions directed at protecting nesting females and ensuring the maximum number of hatchlings reach the sea.
Research actions spearheaded by the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO) have led to identification of the primary hawksbill nesting sites in the region. ICAPO's projects protect the overwhelming majority of these turtles and their offspring in their key habitats. Continued efforts to protect hawksbills and their nests are vital for recovery of this critical endangered species.
With your help, ICAPO will work at the six primary nesting sites to ensure protection of more than 95% of the hawksbill nests laid in the entire region. In doing so they will maximize the number of eggs that result in hatchlings, which will ensure an increase to the overall hawksbill population and send it on a path to recovery. By working with local coastal community members and providing them with training and a sustainable source of income as project staff, they will be established as long-term protectors of the species. Data collected on nesting female turtles, hatchlings and nest performance will help to better understand hawksbill biology and life-history, and improve management of the species and their habitats.
You can help. Just $35.00 will ensure a hawksbill nest will be saved and that the population will continue.
Report from the Field
In 2017, we protected 380 nests, representing a nest protection rate of 95.5%; successfully released 31,860 hawksbill hatchlings, for a hatching success rate of 54.4%; and carried out hawksbill turtle monitoring and conservation at five sites, including three in El Salvador and two in Nicaragua.
During 2016 we worked with local community groups and conservation organizations to protect hawksbills at seven sites located in three countries (El Salvador, Nicaragua and Ecuador). This led to the documentation of 582 nests, 547 (94%) of which were protected and only 35 (6%) of which were poached. These efforts led to the release of more than 38,000 hatchlings(!), representing fundamental recruitment for this critically endangered species.
The Ocean Foundation (501(c)3) is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. The Ocean Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO). ICAPO’s mission is to protect and recover hawksbill turtles in the eastern Pacific Ocean, while improving the socio-economic conditions of coastal communities that rely on these resources for their livelihoods. We achieve these goals by sharing information, raising awareness, forming alliances, conducting research and initiating conservation, and by empowering local community groups with the tools and means to lead ecologically responsible and economically beneficial projects.
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