Hawksbills for the Holidays: News of a Dramatic Increase in Their Nesting Numbers


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The holidays are a great time to share good times with family and friends. Let’s keep those happy thoughts going with some good news about the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WSC) team in Nicaragua reported a dramatic increase in the nesting of critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtles, including the highest nest counts since their conservation project began in 2000!

You’ll be happy to know:

  •  The total nest count for Hawksbill turtles in the project area in Nicaragua’s Pearl Cays region has increased some 200% from 2000 to 2014!
  • Of the areas monitored, poaching rates have decreased by more than 80%!
  • Poaching in 2014 was one of the lowest in project history!
  • Nest success has averaged approximately 75% this season, with over 35,000 hatchlings going to the sea as of the end of November!


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