A recently released report from the Guanacaste Conservation Area (ACG) on the monitoring program for the nesting of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), for the 2012-2013 season, a program that is a pioneer project in the monitoring of green turtles, revealed how critical the Guanacaste coast and islands are to the species.
The data collected on 1,993 nesting events counted 791 nests and 250 females were recorded during this period. The information suggests to the researchers that the beaches of San Jose Island are the most important site for the nesting of Green sea Turtle in Central America, and third largest in the species range, behind the Galapagos Archipelago and Michoacan, Mexico.
This is excellent news and an opportunity for further finding funding and support to continue the monitoring and further emphasizes the need for the conservation of these magnificent creatures and continued protection of marine biodiversity in the ACG sector.
There is no doubt, the research and data being generated for this species of sea turtle, are key to supporting the continuing search for economic resources and support necessary to ensure State conservation and efficient management of the protected areas.
Several of Guanacaste’s coastal national parks protect critical sea turtle nesting beaches. Guanacaste is famous for its sea turtle tours, and protection programs all along the Guanacaste coast. Tourists from around the world flock to Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region to watch the nesting process as well as volunteer in various conservation programs.
It is quite spectacular to see Leatherbacks, known as baulas in Costa Rica, the largest of the world’s seven species of sea turtles, averaging 350 kg. (772 lbs.) and measuring more than 1.5 m. (about 5 ft.) in length, come ashore at night to continue the ancient tradition of nesting in tropical sands of Guanacaste.