Public invited to help release 2,000 turtle hatchlings

public sea turtle release program in playa del carmen

Cancun, Q.R. – The Association of Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico is inviting the public to help release more than 2,000 turtle hatchlings into the sea.

The association is part of the Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtles in Quintana Roo. The nationwide association says that volunteers can have the opportunity to participate in the camps, which are held every year.

This year, the association is supporting six camps and monitoring 13 nesting areas along varying beaches from Punta Venado to the Bopshpere Reserve Sian Ka’an. In total, it’s about 36 kilometers of coastline. The camps are located at Xcacel, Arco Maya, Kanzul, Adventures, Pez Maya and Xel-Ha.

Each year, the association helps hundreds of volunteers prepare to participate in the experience, many of whom are participating for the first time. The organization also accepts volunteers aged 18 and over to help with other areas of the program including turtle pen cleaning and day tours.

Those who wish to volunteer should have a great teamwork-spirit, be physically fit, adaptable to remote areas and rustic conditions as well as be able to handle working in the heat. Volunteer shifts can be during the day or night.

The sea turtle nesting season is from May 1 to October 31 each year. The turtle release camp will be held from October 5 to 30 this year. To learn more or register as a volunteer, you can contact tortugasmarinas2@florafaunaycultura.org or visit their website, Flora, Fauna and Culture of Mexico.