San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule, Mexico

Spearheading sea turtle and wildlife research in the San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule lagoon system of Sinaloa.

The largest number of islands in the Gulf of California are located within the San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule lagoon system, in the Municipality of Guasave, Sinaloa, where approximately 25 islands and islets host a variety of flora and fauna. The Protection and Conservation of Wildlife Program of CIIDIR-IPN has been monitoring marine turtles in this area since 2005.


  • Monitoring of coastal and marine habitats in the area.
  • Monitoring populations of sea turtles that inhabit the region.
  • Study and monitoring of wildlife diseases.
  • Rehabilitation of wildlife (following national guidelines by PROFEPA)
  • Environmental Education


Conservation strategies used by this project site:

In-water Monitoring

Outreach and Education

Exploratory Habitat Investigations

Protected Area Management

Implementing Organizations

  • Departamento de Medio Ambiente del Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional (CIIDIR) – Sinaloa
  • Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)

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