The situation of sea turtles in Cape Verde

The situation of sea turtles in Cape Verde

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The beaches of the island of Cape Verde are some of the most visited sites for the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) to nest during the months of July to October and they live there until December. These species play a critical link in marine ecosystems and in the marine food chain by maintaining the health of marine algae and coral reef ecosystems that provide food and home for a wide variety of other marine species. However, this species suffers a major threat to its survival: the loss of nesting habitat due to the development of tourism. Nest predation and human disturbances such as excessive lighting in the coast and home construction cause disorientation to the newborn turtles. Other threats include high bycatch in the longline fishery, shrimp trawling, and pollution. Indeed, bycatch in fisheries is believed to have played an important role in the recently observed decline of the loggerhead turtle population.

However, this dangerous situation for sea turtles is improving thanks to volunteer programs that guarantee the protection of female turtles. Hundreds of volunteers from around the world work with local assistants patrolling the beaches at night during the nesting season, transporting the eggs to a safe hatchery to protect them from animals and humans, educating the community, especially children, about the importance of turtles in the marine ecosystem and feeding, cleaning and caring for hatchlings until they are fit and strong enough to be released into the ocean.

From Volunteering Experiences, we work in Cape Verde to train the local young community to take action to protect the nesting females, through the direct protection of the beach, as well as basic education in sea turtle conservation in local schools. Our volunteers have the opportunity to contribute directly to the conservation of loggerhead sea turtle species and, ultimately, to help building a more sustainable island.

Our company believes in a sustainable human footprint and we work to reduce the environmental damage and preserve the natural habitat of our species. That is why, apart from the turtle conservation program in Cape Verde, we have other similar turtle and other animal and environment conservation programs around the world. Our human development has been at fault, many times, of the endangering and even the extinction of many species. We believe that together, we can make a better world, contributing to the protection of the biosphere and striving to less pollute our planet. Saving the planet is one flight, or better, just one click away.

The situation of sea turtles in Cape Verde

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