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More than 1.2 million sea turtles released off Cancun beaches

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 1.2 million sea turtles were released into the sea last year off Cancun beaches. The 10,865 nests were protected by conservation efforts, which have recently been recognized.

“In order to recognize, exalt and dignify the work of those who were involved in the conservation of chelonians in the city, municipal and state authorities headed the “Final Report of the Season and Delivery of Recognitions for Hotels and Institutions Participating in the 2023 Sea Turtle Protection Program”, in which more than 100 members of various organizations participated,” Cancun Mayor Ana Paty Peralta said.

Governor Mara Lezama thanked those involved for their efforts to preserve the species that reach the Cancun coasts since positive practices in favor of the care, protection and preservation of animal wealth are passed on to new generations.

Cancun Mayor Ana Paty Peralta Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Benito Juárez January 31, 2024.

“Thanks to the combined efforts and this teamwork, we managed to protect 10,865 nests and more than 1.2 million turtles of the White, Loggerhead and Carey species. There were 410 days of day and night patrols. These results are synonymous with the fact that we have healthy and well-preserved coasts,” she stated.

Hundreds of people participate in the protection and monitoring of sea turtles during nesting each year.
Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Benito Juárez January 31, 2024.

The Governor recognized the Mayor for her conservation work and invited private, civil associations and citizens in general to continue working together for a better Quintana Roo.

Tania Fernández Moreno, the head of the Ecology Directorate, said that these species are ambassadors of the destination since they attract tourists and nature lovers from all over the world which is why she called for taking care of and protecting them so that they continue to be an integral part of the magic of Cancun.