Conservation efforts are lead by Luis Antonio Góngora Domínguez, biologist and founder of Yuumtsil Káak Náab. Involves monitoring of adult turtles and nests, intervention and assistance where necessary, and in particular securing nests and eggs to ensure that greater numbers of Hawksbill young hatch and reach the water, maximizing the potential for population numbers to stabilize at the moment of greatest threat in the animal’s life cycle.
Through education, a weekly green market, political advocacy and working with a zero waste program in local schools, this program works directly with the Campeche and Seybaplaya communities to reduce the dependency of single-use plastic items.
Cleanups provide a powerful opportunity to immerse individuals directly in the negative impact of plastic pollution. It’s an educational experience that often inspires change in behavior and incites a desire to inform others.
In-community activities focused on creative engagement designed to convey information about the Hawksbill sea turtle, plastic pollution and sustainability. Locals participate in hatchling releases, witnessing firsthand the marvel of their co-inhabitors.
Data collection is a major component to this project, and it’s collected both in relation to the turtles and the plastic pollution that we are finding on the beaches. Information about the turtles is shared with the Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as sea turtle researchers worldwide. In addition, our team of scientists will be collecting and analyzing microplastic samples from the beaches and waters of both Seybaplaya and Campeche.
The annual Turtle Festival is the culmination of the nesting season. It’s a weekend of environmental celebration. It features workshops and talks about plastic pollution, conservation, and eco-tourism; in addition to concerts, release of hatchlings, painting of murals, and beach cleanups. There is also a weekly Green Market in Campeche’s historic town square.