Along with the Mexico Independence celebrations this weekend, the Riviera Nayarit Turtle Network is also giving independence to the first of two adult Hawksbill sea turtles which will carry satellite transmitters.
The Red Tortuguera (Turtle Network) Project is supported by the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) of Riviera Nayarit along with the Banderas Bay Hotel & Motel Association (AHMBB).
'Nayar' will gain his independence on Sunday, September 15, at 6:00 pm. You are welcome to attend the release on Litibu Beach by La Tranquila Hotel.
"We are pleased to celebrate Independence in a different and very original way in thinking about the desired future for our country and respect for the environment," said AHMBB President, Fernando González Ortega.
The Turtle Network Project was initiated after the rescue and liberation of sea turtle 'Jaltemba' in 2012. 'Jaltemba' was rescued with a hook in his throat, received intensive medical treatments and then was equipped with a satellite transmitter before being released into the Jaltemba Bay area of the Pacific Ocean.
"The satellite transmissions from 'Jaltemba' were monitored for 90 days and showed that adult sea turtles are quite faithful to the area. 'Jaltemba' moved into an area around Punta Raza, making a semicircle of about 20 kilometers to Chacala. It is very important to us that we continue to track these turtles because we found a good population of juveniles in the area," explains Vicente Peña of the Turtle Network.
The information about the large number of specimens of this species around Jaltemba Bay came precisely because of the publicity achieved for the turtle rescued.
Local fishermen have began to approach the Turtle Network to report sightings that they have had from Boca de Chila to Destiladeras.
The Hawksbill turtle is among the marine species that is not only threatened but in critical condition of extinction, unlike the Olive Ridley turtle which thrives in this area and this year had the highest number of recorded nests.
The objectives they hope to achieve in the 2013 Turtle Network Project is monitoring and performing protective actions in confirming the population of the four species of nesting turtles in the region consisting of Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley and Black Ridley.
Translated and edited by Team Angels
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