Sea Turtle Night Monitoring
Utila’s beaches are home to the nesting sites of Hawksbill and Loggerhead Sea Turtles. According to the IUCN redlist, the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turlte’s status is vulnerable, while the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtle is critically endangered. These Sea Turtles have roamed the oceans for over 90 million years, but now desperately need help. Pollution, poaching, and incidental drownings in fishing gear have contributed to rapid population depletion. BICA’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program began in order to combat these problems and help replenish Sea Turtle population numbers. It was designed to cover data collection, the patrol and protection of nesting sites, and promotion of local environmental awareness through education and workshops.