Aserradores, Nicaragua

After preliminary interviews and brief site visits to Aserradores in 2009 and 2013, respectively, in 2014 a project was initiated and has led to the discovery of this new and important hawksbill nesting site.

During ICAPO’s early exploratory work along Central America in 2009, two sites were identified in northwest Nicaragua that appeared to host nesting hawksbill turtles: Aserradores and Estero Padre Ramos. With a greater concentration of nests reported for the latter site, ICAPO and FFI teamed up to focus on establishing a project at Estero Padre Ramos.

Aserradores remained largely unexplored and did not receive any focused monitoring until July 2013, when FFI staff revisited the site with the express purpose of quantifying nests and gaining insights into the regional significance of the site. We teamed up with a local boat marina called Marina Puesta del Sol to carryout a two-week nesting census, which led to the documentation of 39 nests, all of which had been poached. In 2014 we initiated a conservation project and while efforts to protect nests ocurred after the nesting season had already begun, our team was able to protect more than 30 hawksbill and 15 black turtle nests. These totals indicate Aserradores is on par with Los Cobanos and Punta Amapala and second only to Bahia Jiquilisco and Estero Padre Ramos as far as importance to hawksbill nesting in the eastern Pacific.

Objectives

  • Protect hawksbill and black turtle nests at Aserradores, Nicaragua.
  • Ensure the production of a maximum number of turtle hatchlings.
  • Raise awareness and provide conservation employment to local community members.
  • Strengthen organization and community alliances to ensure short and long-term success of the project.

Impact

Maximum number of the eggs are staying in the sand. Hatchlings are being produced, while we financially support local community members who often have limited options to provide for themselves and their families.

  • Identification of a new and critically important hawksbill nesting site
  • Protection of more than 30 hawksbill nests and 15 black turtle nests during the project’s first season.
  • Monitoring 4 kilometers of nesting beach.
  • Collaborating with local, national and international organizations.
  • Uncovering new information about hawksbill biology, life-history and conservation through scientific research. 

Programs

Conservation strategies used by this project site:

Nesting Beach Conservation

Outreach and Education

Exploratory Habitat Investigations

Implementing Organizations

ICAPO’s Role with Implementing Organization

  • Communication with other organizations (information link)
  • Access funding sources
  • Funding proposals
  • Joint management (planning and implementation, reporting)
  • Technical advising (capacity-building, training, protocol/methodology development)
  • Research and publications collaboration
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