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More than 11,500 turtle nests under protection in Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Riviera Maya — According to information from the State Turtle Committee, more than 11,500 sea turtle nests are being protected along the shores of the state.

Miriam Tzeek Tuz of the committee says that there are 32 turtle camp in Quintana Roo with over 11,500 nests that remain under protection to avoid deaths.

Alfredo Arellano Guillermo Secretary of Ecology and Environment of the state reports that nearly 9,600 hatched sea turtles have been released so far this year, none of which suffered death due to sargassum. He says that the management of the nests consists mostly of egg relocation to protected pens to ensure the highest number of hatchlings.

In the Xcacel-Xcacelito Marine Turtle Sanctuary, which is under the protection of the government, there are 405 loggerhead sea turtle nests and 2,170 white sea turtle nests. He added that it is during the month of July that the largest number of eggs are laid along the beaches of Xcacel-Xcacelito, which results in increased surveillance for the protection of nests.