What We Do

 
 
 

Aserradores, Nicaragua

A newly discovered hawksbill nesting site of regional importance where nests are now protected. Click map marker to learn more.

 

La Salvia, Nicaragua

Spearheading bycatch reduction of hawksbill turtles in lobster gillnet fisheries. Click map marker to learn more.

 

El Maculis, El Salvador

Working with fishers to spearhead bycatch reduction of hawksbill turtles in lobster gillnet fisheries. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Costa Careyes, Mexico

Hosting the most hawksbill nesting along the Mexican Pacific. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Coiba National Park, Panama

A recently discovered hotspot, hosting the highest density of foraging hawksbills in the eastern Pacific. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Gorgona National Park, Colombia

An island that once served as a penitentiary is now a critical hawksbill foraging ground. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Punta Amapala, El Salvador

Protecting nests at one of the region's most important hawksbill nesting site. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Southern Rivas, Nicaragua

Empowering communities to protect hawksbills and other sea turtles along Nicaragua's southern Pacific coast. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Piura, Lambayeque and Bahia de Sechura, Peru

Working with fishers to quantify hawksbill bycatch and distribution in northwestern Peru. Click map marker to learn more.

 

San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule, Mexico

Spearheading sea turtle and wildlife research in the San Ignacio-Navachiste-Macapule lagoon system of Sinaloa. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Bahia Jaltemba, Mexico

A collaborative effort to document hawksbill nesting and foraging areas along the central Pacific coast of Mexico. Click map marker to learn more.

 

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador

The importance of San Cristobal Island and the Galapagos Archipelago for hawksbills is only beginning to be discovered. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Mangroves of Tumbes National Sanctuary, Peru

Pioneering research to understand the importance of a large mangrove refuge on the border of Peru and Ecuador for adult and juvenile hawksbills. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Maruata and Colola, Mexico

A project focused on green turtles that recently initiated a hawksbill monitoring effort in foraging sites along Pacific Mexico. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Darien Gap-Choco region of Panama & Colombia

Pioneering efforts to identify important hawksbill nesting and foraging habitats in the largest remaining data gap in the eastern Pacific. Click map marker to learn more.

 

El Pardito and Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico

Fishers leading efforts to monitor two major hawksbill foraging hotspots. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

An in-water monitoring program focused on important populations of hawksbill and green turtles within the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

One of two major hawksbill nesting sites, hosting 40 percent of the known hawksbill nesting in the entire eastern Pacific. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Bahia Jiquilisco, El Salvador

One of two major hawksbill nesting sites, hosting 40 percent of the known hawksbill nesting in the entire eastern Pacific. Click map marker to learn more.

 

Machalilla National Park, Ecuador

Monitoring nesting females and hatchlings at the only hawksbill nesting site identified to date in South America. Click map marker to learn more.

                    

ICAPO collaborates on hawksbill research and conservation projects in nine countries along the Eastern Pacific coastline. Click on the map above to explore the current project sites.

Our Programs

Nesting Beach Conservation

Maximize the number of eggs that result in hatchlings to increase the overall hawksbill population.

  • Protect hawksbill nests from poaching and other elements (feral animals, climactic events).
  • Collect data on nesting female turtles (flipper-tagging, measuring and more), hatchlings and nest performance to better understand hawksbill biology and life-history, mostly by employing local inhabitants as staff.

In-water Monitoring

Better understand hawksbill biology and life history:

  • Consistently use tangle-nets, visual surveys or hand captures to understand hawksbill turtles in the marine environment (foraging habitats).
  • Gain insights into residency times, growth rates and dietary requirements of hawksbills, as well as connectivity between nesting and foraging areas.

 

Fisheries Bycatch Research/Reduction

(Accidental capture by industrial and artisanal fisheries) Learn fishery dynamics and trends:

  • Work with fishermen to quantify hawksbill bycatch in industrial or artisanal fisheries via onboard fisheries’ observations or data collected at fishing ports.
  • Evaluate non-turtle bycatch and seek alternative, sustainable fishing gear.

Exploratory Habitat Investigations

Identify new and important habitats for hawksbill turtles:

  • Visit coastal communities and fishing ports to conduct interview surveys with local inhabitants and glean information on potentially important sites for hawksbills.
  • Conduct opportunistic in-water and beach monitoring to identify important foraging areas and nesting beaches.

Conduct local and international studies:

  • Develop environmental conflict management, conservation policy and community-based resource management.
  • Study interactions of primary resource users with hawksbills and their habitat.

Eco-tourism

Facilitate tourism to conservation areas:

  • Provide alternative sources of income to local community members by increasing tours and providing room and board to tourists and travel representatives.
  • Increase tourism to reduce extraction and/or unsustainable use of natural resources, including turtles and their habitats.

Protected Area Management

Improve and/or restore marine turtle habitats:

  • Work directly with governmental institutions, non-profit organizations and/or community members to improve management and performance of protected areas, including parks, refuges, sanctuaries and reserves.
  • Work directly with local stakeholders to improve/restore habitat.

Outreach and Education

Specific activities to:

  • Raise awareness.
  • Provide education on hawksbills, oceans and general environmental stewardship.

Policy Advocacy

Change laws and policies:

  • Provide greater benefits to marine turtles.
  • Enhance the natural habitats on which marine turtles depend.
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