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Turtle nesting in Yucatan recorded a good season during 2021

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Turtle camps registered positive numbers in nests, egg collection and hatchlings. 

MÉRIDA, Yucatán, (January 12, 2022).- The Secretariat for Sustainable Development (SDS) reported on the results of the 2021 Program for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles of the State of Yucatán, which obtained higher figures compared to 2020.

In total, 1,697 nests, 221,318 eggs, and 167,780 hatchlings were registered, an increase of more than 200 percent compared to the previous year.

In their social networks, they emphasize that the results obtained are thanks to the volunteers, and to all the Yucatecans who followed the necessary measures and care for the turtles that arrive year after year to the State.

“This turtle nesting season, being successful, contributes to efforts in favor of biodiversity,” says the message.

In 2020, a total of 583 nests, 80 thousand eggs, and 57 thousand hatchlings were registered, lower numbers in the season of last year, due to various factors, mainly because the season began in the middle of a global pandemic.

Its high rate of infection brought the cessation of general activities and sanitary measures that at that time included the confinement of the population, this caused to a great extent a late inspection and registration of nests.

On the other hand, in 2020 there were several natural events that hit the Yucatecan coasts, beginning with the tropical storm “Cristóbal”, followed by the hurricanes “Delta”, “Gamma” and “Eta”.

This resulted in floodings, erosion, and loss of sand dunes, which resulted in a lower number of registered nests, a lower hatching rate, and lower incorporation of hatchlings to their natural habitat, which resulted in 69 percent hatching and survival.

Source: Sipse

The Yucatan Times

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