Brittain et al. 2012_Juvenile hawksbills along Pacific Guatemala

Two Reports of Juvenile Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) on the Southeast Coast of Guatemala

Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) are one of the rarest sea turtle species within the eastern Pacific region (Cornelius 1982; Gaos et al. 2010; Mortimer & Donnelly 2008) and published data on present or historic levels of nesting and foraging of the species remains scant. This paucity of information led to the formation of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative (ICAPO), an organization established to compile information on, and promote conservation of hawksbill turtles in the eastern Pacific. Akazul: Community, conservation and ecology is a UK registered not for profit organization, working primarily with the coastal zone aspects of the conservation of olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles as well as monitoring the habitat of eastern Pacific green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill sea turtles in the small coastal community of La Barrona, Guatemala. Akazul has recently become a member of ICAPO and has been contributing information about turtles since March 2011. Although there has previously been a small quantity of data published on nesting and stranding occurrences of hawksbills in Guatemala (see Gaos et al. 2010;Higginson 1989) it is thought that there are more incidents than are currently reported. Potential reasons attributing to the lack of reports include

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Brittain et al. 2012_Two juvenile hawksbills along Pacific Guatemala

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