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Cozumel sea turtle nesting season off to a good start

Cozumel, Q.R. — During the first days of the 2020 sea turtle nesting season, the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation (FPMC) has marked 21 nests in the Tortuguero Punta Sur Camp, of which 20 are loggerhead and one white.

Rafael Chacón Díaz, director of Conservation and Environmental Education reported that May 1, biologists from the Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel (FPMC) began monitoring the beaches of the Laguna Colombia Ecological Reserve.

He explained that the monitoring involves three people along the Punta Sur beaches to visually locate, identify and mark the nests, thereby maintaining updated information for the season. The information is then forwarded to several agencies including the General Directorate for Wildlife, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources and the State Committee for the Protection of Turtles along with the Municipal Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles.

Last year, Campamento Tortuguero Punta Sur recorded 1,621 nests.