Turtle Power: Endangered Sea Turtles Are on the Rise on These Islands | TakePart

Turtle Power: Endangered Sea Turtles Are on the Rise on These Islands

Nesting sites in Nicaragua have seen a 200 percent increase since 2000.

A hawksbill sea turtle. (Photo: Jim Abernethy/Getty Images)

A hawksbill sea turtle. (Photo: Jim Abernethy/Getty Images)

 

 

December 12, 2014

Taylor Hill is TakePart’s associate environment and wildlife editor.

When you’re a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle, any news is usually bad news. But not today.

New numbers from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s hawksbill monitoring program show big increases in the number of turtle nests on Nicaragua’s Pearl Cays islands.

Researchers counted 468 nests this year in the monitored region, the highest count since the program began in 2000, when only 154 turtle nests were counted.

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Some good news! The Cayos Perlas off of the Nicaraguan Caribbean (East) coast are showing some improvement in the number of turtle nests. This is a big deal as the culture of the RAAN and RAAS (northern and southern autonomous zones of Nicaragua) includes lots of eating of turtle eggs and turtle meat. To see this possibly turning around is excellent to hear. Congratulations Wildlife Conservation Society and even more importantly, the local folks who are learning that it is better to protect the environment than to destroy it!

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