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Ecological Police in Puerto Vallarta Support Sea Turtle Protection

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August 29, 2013

Puerto Vallarta Ecological Police work to protect sea turtle nestings

Last week, the Puerto Vallarta Ecological Police collected a total of 988 sea turtle eggs and were responsible for 151 sea turtle hatchlings to be released into the sea, as part of preventive actions carried out by the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta, through the Ecology Department in coordination with Municipal Civil Protection and Fire.

In this regard, the commander of the Tourist Police and Ecological Department, Felipe Camacho Guzmán, reported that the work of preserving this endangered species are carried out by the officers on the beaches of Camarones, Los Muertos, Olas Altas, Flamingos, Holiday Inn and Boca de Tomates, where they collect the eggs and release the hatchlings in order for the sea turtles to continue their life cycle.

He explained that when there is a turtle nesting, it is immediately reported to the Department of the Environment and Ecology, Luis Fernando González Guevara, where officers are deployed to collect the eggs before they get in the hands of poachers. The eggs are then moved into one of four turtle camps that are in the city.

Figures are submitted daily to the Ecology Department as to the number of eggs that are collected from each nest in order to track the numbers and attempt to prevent future poaching.

It should be noted that recently a group of forty Tourist Police received a training course in turtle care in order to make each day a greater success in the efforts to protect this species.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

  Learn more about Ecological Group of Costa Verde

  Learn more about The Western Ecological Society

  Learn more about Nuestra Tierra Turtle Conservation Program

  Learn more about Association for Environmental Unity in Mexico

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