Since 1989, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project has been working directly in Central America with coastal communities in an effort to protect sea turtles. Costa Rica and Central America hold some of the most critical coastal and ocean habitat for sea turtles in this hemisphere.
Unfortunately, Central American sea turtles, despite years of effort, still face grave threats to their future - including the development of nesting sites, the slaughter of pregnant females, the unsustainable poaching of eggs, and the killing of sea turtles by industrial fishing fleets.
We are leading valuable scientific research efforts to learn about green sea turtle and shark foraging and migration at Cocos Island, off the coast of Costa Rica.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is a proud partner with the Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas (PRETOMA) in Costa Rica, serving as a primary sponsor of this program as they grew into one the most powerful forces in marine conservation withing Costa Rica.