Friday, March 31, 2017

Saving Sea Turtles



STF anti-poaching patrol leaders Bernardo Rosales Ordoneez and William Zuniga Aguilar taking data from a clutch of Eastern Pacific Green Turtle eggs before trans locating them to a safe spot. These men have been patrolling now for 6 months straight on Punta Pargos this season -- tirelessly going out every night ( one night off per week) to protect the nesting of our critically endangered turtles. They love their work, and the turtles love their work. THANK-YOU EVERYONE who has supported our patrol team this season, the turtles need us.   --(From a Facebook post.)

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Sea Turtles Forever (STF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to the conservation of marine turtles and the protection of their nesting and foraging habitats. Since 2002, STF has led conservation operations in Punta Pargos, a small coastal town in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica known for its sea turtle nesting beaches (and great surf). By hiring the local residents of Punta Pargos to patrol nesting beaches at night, STF creates jobs in the rural community and educates locals about sea turtle conservation. Together, STF and the Punta Pargos community are able to safely conserve and hatch over 11,000 baby sea turtles every year.

With the rise in global plastic production and the inadequate plastic recycling infrastructure in many parts of the world, many sea turtle nesting beaches have fallen victim to marine plastic debris landfall. Microplastics (small pieces of eroded plastic) are the most toxic of all, absorbing high concentrations of PCBs and other harmful chemicals from the ocean. In response, STF’s Microplastic Removal Team has developed a static charge filtration screen technology to easily remove microplastic debris from sand. With your support, STF is leading a global initiative to clean up beaches worldwide. 

Our mantra, “More Turtles. Less Plastic.,” is a vision we believe will lead to a healthier ecosystem for all marine life. Join us in our effort to revitalize the planet.



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