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Plan to protect sea turtles implemented

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Government of Solidarity held a second committee meeting for the Protection and Conservation of Marine Turtles of Solidarity on strengthening actions in the preservation of the marine species.

This year, there are a total of 56 places performing surveillance for nesting areas, many of which are hotels along the Riviera Maya.

Environment Director, Orquídea Trejo Buendía, said that the connection of each of the members of the committee is extremely important for the performance of the actions that are carried out in the 14.39 kilometers of beach that are divided into three polygons, where there is turtle camp authorized by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

Coordinator of the Inspection and Monitoring Commission, Héctor Poza, said that staff will began with nocturnal tours along the coast. Concessionaires of the federal zone were invited to help with the management plan so that the turtles roam with absolute freedom and security. The plan includes the placing of suntanning beds far from the dunes and nesting areas, as well as avoiding reflectors directed toward the federal zone as they chase the turtles away.

Engineer Lucelly Ramos Montejo with the Conservation Commission reported that so far there have been 49 nests reported along the coast since the start of the season.

“We will conduct day trips and report any footprints or possible nesting observed on the routes, as well as information to lifeguards and hotel staff on the activities that will be carried out during the 2017 season,” she said.

During the month of June, the Education and Outreach Commission led by María Mora, will be holding free lectures and activities on turtle nesting at the Sayab Planetarium in Playa del Carmen and in La Ceiba Park.