Please Note: These links are only for informational purposes – Save the Turtles, Inc does not monitor the information, activities or programs of these websites or any other. We encourage you to research any project. Each project is unique, varies in price, location, housing, risks, and responsibilities associated with working in the project. For example, some projects are in a remote area, while other projects are within a village. The costs can range from $140 a week to more than a $1,000. Please contact us if you know of other turtle projects that we could include on this list.
Sea Turtle Conservation Projects in Costa Rica
Asociacion Salvemos Las Tortugas de Parismina (ASTOP) is a community-based sea turtle project in Parismina, a small island village, located on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. People helping this project may stay in the homes of local families or arrange for private lodging. Turtle nesting season begins when the Leatherbacks, the largest of all sea turtles come ashore and nest in March through early June. Towards the end of June through September the Green turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. http://www.parisminaturtles.org
Asociacion ANAI has a variety of field projects including the Talamanca region and Gandoca Beach turtle project on the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica and also on the Pacific side at Peninsula de Osa and Ostional Beach. Another project, Finca Lomas is available whereby people can work on a farm. Lodging varies depending on the specific project. http://www.anaicr.org
Sea Turtle Conservancy: http://www.cccturtle.org
Dr Archie Carr began one of the very first turtle conservation projects in Tortuguero. Costa Rica. This project is located along the Tortuguero National Park and Canals on the Caribbean coast. They do extensive research, including satellite tracking.
Playa Ostional is a unique nesting beach of the Olive Ridley sea turtles’ arribadas on the Pacific Coast and is one of the only places in the world where legal harvesting of eggs is permitted. A hoax email with photos has been circulating, misinforming the public that it is illegal harvesting. For information, view a description of the project http://www.costarica-nationalparks.com/ostionalwildliferefuge.html and also a website about a documentary on the project http://www.betweentheharvest.com/
Programa Restoracion de Tortugas de Marina (Pretoma) has turtle projects that run from July –December in Punta Banco and San Miguel on the Pacific coast in Costa Rica http://www.pretoma.org/ This project is also associated with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project: http://www.seaturtles.org/
Sea Turtles Forever:
Sea Turtles Forever, established in 2002 protects sea turtles from poachers along the Pacific Coast in Punta Pargas, on the Nicoya Peninsula. The founders, Marc and Rachel Ward’s efforts also extend towards the “goal of a more vibrant marine eco-system,” with emphasis on beach clean-up, conservation education in the classrooms and extensive research into the effects of micro-plastic debris in our oceans and marine life. The sea turtle project in Costa Rica operates from September through April. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tortuga Feliz The project is situated on an isolated Caribbean beach in Costa Rica, 1 km north of the mouth of the Pacuare River. It covers 10 km of coastline. Shared lodging is available in cabinas. http://www.latortugafeliz.com
General Turtle Information
Annual Symposium On Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Meets in different locations around the world every year. Information can be found on different websites by typing in the above title.
Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC): http://www.cccturtle.org. Detailed information about their project and you can view their satellite tracking of sea turtles.
Cites: The Convention on International Trade http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/agreements/global_agreements/cites_page/cites.html
Conservation International This site has information about the environment, including oceans, sea turtles and much more. http://www.conservation.org/Pages/default.aspx
Leatherback Trust: www.leatherback.org Great information about the leatherback, information about Playa Grande in Costa Rica.
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service is the federal agency, a division of the Department of Commerce, responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s living marine resources and their habitat http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov
Sea Turtle Restoration Project: http://www.seaturtles.org/ Great information and political actions you can take to save sea turtles. (See the top left side, the activists’ corner). STRP has filed many petitions to the United Nations for safer fishing practices. There is a great deal we can do to save sea turtles!
Sea Turtle.Org www.seaturtle.org: Great resource including many turtle projects, a marine newsletter, discussion forums and photo library.
State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) Collects data from sea turtle projects around the world. Interactive maps and scientific information about all species of turtles. http://www.seaturtlestatus.org/
World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 83 States, 110 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. http://www.iucn.org/en/about/. To See information about Threatened Species: See IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: http://www.iucnredlist.org
World Wildlife Fund (WWF): http://www.panda.org