Costa Rican Experts Call for Cooperation to Ensure the Survival of the Hawksbill Turtle

The Costa Rica News TCRN) – Experts have called for bilateral agreements between Costa Rica and Nicaragua to ensure the survival of the hawksbill turtle, after a finding that confirms the presence of the endangered species in the Pacific.

Investigators were alerted that the hawksbill turtle had nested in Brasilón Beach in the South Pacific of Nicaragua in August of 2012 and that they had moved to the inner part of the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica (Pacific).

With this new discovery, experts need for the countries to work together to ensure that this species survives.

“This discovery highlights the importance of reaching bilateral agreements to ensure the survival of the hawksbill turtle, a critically endangered species,” said the director of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), Alexander Gaos, in a statement.

According Gaos, this species is “essential in maintaining the marine ecosystem, a function critical to the coastal communities of the two countries, which depend on healthy and productive seas.”

In the inspection at the site in late February, biologists captured adult hawksbill turtle and found that they had nested five times throughout 2012 in Estero Padre Ramos (Nicaragua’s North Pacific).

The identification was made possible by a turtle that had a metal plate in his fin, which had been applied by the organization, Fauna & Flora International.

“Being a particularly threatened species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, it is necessary to identify the critical habitats for both nesting and feeding turtles,” said Astrid Sanchez of ICAPO. (ACAN-EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

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