The Federal Prosecutor’s Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) relocated 390 Golfina sea turtle eggs found during patrol tours on four beaches in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
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In order to comply with the legal provisions, and considering the influx of tourism in the area, the eggs were relocated to avoid their predation, looting or flood. PROFEPA inspectors, in coordination with the Department of Ecology of the City of Puerto Vallarta, made tours of the beaches known as Camarones, Rosita, Olas Altas and Los Muertos, in order to monitor the spawning of sea turtles.
During the night tour, three sea turtles were found on the beach, which were observed during spawning, collecting a total of 98, 101 and 105 eggs, respectively.
In a second performance, extraordinary attention was given to the daytime spawning of a sea turtle, which was found in the back area of the beach known as Camarones.
With the intention of avoiding the harassment of tourists present at the time of spawning, the area where the marine chelonius was located was protected and finally 86 eggs were collected.
The 390 eggs collected by PROFEPA personnel were immediately delivered to the turtle camp of the Puerto Vallarta City Hall, to be re-planted and incubated and later released.
The species Lepidochelys olivacea is listed in NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010 with the status of Endangered.
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Sea turtles present in waters under federal jurisdiction are a natural resource that forms part of the biological wealth and heritage of the Nation, which is why PROFEPA has the duty and commitment to ensure its conservation.