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Monday, January 2, 2012

NEWS - 42.2 Million Turtles are Born in Mexico

42.2 million Turtles are Born this Year in Mexico. The Ministry of Agriculture reported that the species has been made in the last nesting season are the olive ridley, leatherback and olive ridley.



Mexico • Mexican authorities recorded the birth of 42.2 million olive ridley, leatherback and olive ridley in the last nesting season 2010-2011, reported the Ministry of the Environment (SEMARNAT) of Mexico.
The agency said in a statement that the turtle conservation efforts, including the protection of females, their nests and releasing hatchlings are led by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) in 33 nesting beaches.
Ten of these nesting beaches are protected natural areas (PNA), three are located within the so-called biosphere reserves, 15 Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance as the rest are located in areas without special protection, explained the dependence .
In the sanctuary brush and Ayuta Morro Beach in the southern state of Oaxaca, took place this year 1.2 million olive ridley nesting and 23.3 million fry were released.
For the olive ridley population change occurred in 20,574 nests in the state of Tamaulipas and Veracruz 534, and in total were released 18.9 million fry in these two regions.
"The number of nesting grows last season, so you might consider that the population is on the road to recovery," said the SEMARNAT.
In the case of the leatherback turtle, one of the most endangered in Mexico, authorities counted 615 nests in total, mainly in the coasts of the states of Michoacan, Guerrero and Oaxaca.
In those states, released to the sea Conanp 15,414 young of this species.
However, the Semarnat estimated that the entire Pacific coast of Mexico was in the 2010-2011 nesting season around of 1,647 leatherback nests.
Mexico is home to different varieties and green turtle, hawksbill, loggerhead, white, black and lute.
The main dangers facing sea turtles in Mexico are the invasion of their habitat (beaches) by man, bycatch, predation of nests by some communities still consume their meat and eggs, and injuries suffer some specimens by motor boats.
Since April 2006, Mexico prohibits commercial capture or survival of the turtles.
Source: TRENDS • DECEMBER 20, 2011 - 4:22 PM - REUTERS