South & Central America & The Caribbean

Turtles' absence from Nicaraguan stronghold raises alarm for future

Not a single leatherback nested at the Chacocente reserve this year as the species faces threats of poaching and warming seas

15 April 2019

Thousands of turtles netted off South America

Tens of thousands of sea turtles are caught each year by small-scale fishers off South America's Pacific coast, new research shows.

05 June 2018

Global analysis of the effect of local climate on the hatchling output of leatherback turtles. Scientific reports

The most recent climate change projections show a global increase in temperatures along with precipitation changes throughout the 21st century. However, regional projections do not always match global projections and species with global distributions may exhibit varying regional susceptibility to climate change. Here we show the effect of local climatic conditions on the hatchling output of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) at four nesting sites encompassing the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We found a heterogeneous effect of climate.

13 September 2018

Global Distribution of Two Fungal Pathogens Threatening Endangered Sea Turtles

Nascent fungal infections are currently considered as one of the main threats for biodiversity and ecosystem health, and have driven several animal species into critical risk of extinction. Sea turtles are one of the most endangered groups of animals and only seven species have survived to date. Here, we described two pathogenic species, i.e., Fusarium falciforme and Fusarium keratoplasticum, that are globally distributed in major turtle nesting areas for six sea turtle species and that are implicated in low hatch success.

13 September 2018

Rescue of the olive ridley sea turtle

Of the millions of eggs laid by the endangered olive ridley sea turtles on one Costa Rican beach, few survive both predators and poachers.

07 October 2017

Study: Conservation Priorities for Shark and Ray Species included and proposed for inclusion in Annex 1 to the CMS Sharks MOU

The Sharks MOU has defined general objectives for the conservation and management of species and populations listed in Annex 1 of the MOU, which are further detailed in a global Conservation Plan for migratory Sharks (Annex 3 to the MOU).
18 October 2015

In Costa Rica, a turtle’s suffering puts spotlight on need to reduce use of plastics

The plight of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle that biologists in Costa Rica rid of a plastic straw stuck in its nose highlights the need to reduce the use of the synthetic material, since 8 million tons

21 August 2015

Conservation of Sea Turtles along the Coast of Peru

In order to conserve endangered species, it is highly important to manage information about the biology and ecology of their populations and also about the threats that had caused, and are still causing, their endangered situation. When the endangered species are migratory, the importance of this kind of information is higher due to the fact that conserving migratory species depends not only on one country but also on many countries around the world.

07 October 2016

Información de pesca incidental en el Ecuador

El Ministerio del Ambiente del Ecuador, como signatario de la Convención Sobre la Conservación de las Especies Migratorias de Animales Silvestres – CMS, contribuye con un resumen de dos informes sobre pesca incidental, que forman parte del aporte brindado por el Instituto Nacional de Pesca de acuerdo a las investigaciones realizadas por la institución; a continuación se podrá observar los trabajos referentes a:

07 October 2016