|Town/Region||Gorgona National Park, Cauca State|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||2 Mar 2007|
In September 2006, Diego was awarded a RSG Booster grant to develop his work.
Colombian Pacific beaches have been identified as important sea turtle nesting grounds in the Eastern Pacific (US NMFS/FWS, 1998). However, different pressures affecting the survival of the species’ are increasing at a fast pace. Today, sea turtles are listed as “Endangered” and “Critically Endangered” throughout their national distribution in the Colombian threatened species Red List (Castaño – Mora 2002).
The project will merge research techniques with social and institutional participation, to strengthen the base-line driving adaptive management decisions considered in the Gorgona’s National Park Sea Turtle Action Plan. Technical capabilities of Park’s staff, researchers and local fishermen for better management and conservation practices will be enhanced as well.
The project aims are:
Action needs to take place urgently to save sea turtles from extinction in protected areas of the Colombian Pacific. A better understanding of population trends through systematic beach surveys will provide valuable information for the conservation of nesting Olive ridleys at Gorgona National Park. According to recent studies (Amorocho 2004c; Pavia, 2006), the number of breeding females in these beaches has been underestimated, hopping to be greater as fieldwork time increases. Although results previously obtained represent a significant contribution to scientific knowledge, they turn out insufficient for sea turtle management decisions in this protected area.
This project will contribute to:
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