Approximately one million hatchlings are released every season in the 13 different turtle camps located all along the five coastal towns of the Riviera Nayarit.
The Riviera Nayarit is a Sea Turtle Sanctuary with turtle camps located in Nuevo Vallarta, Carreyeros, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Punta Raza, El Naranjo, Boca de Chila, Platanitos, San Blas, Los Corchos, El Sesteo and La Puntilla Banderas Bay along the coast that stretches from Banderas Bay to Tecuala passing through Compostela, San Blas and Santiago Ixcuintla.
The Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau checked in with the civil associations and the federal authorities that operate the camps to register the number of nests they receive, concluding there have been approximately one million sea turtle hatchlings released in the destination during the nesting season (June through February).
The Nuevo Vallarta Turtle Camp is where most of the region’s turtles are liberated, registering an average of 5,500 registered nests that translates into over 400 thousand released turtles. This camp is followed by the one in Platanitos, which receives an average of 3,000 nests equal to approximately 250 thousand released hatchlings.
The camps that make up the Nayarit Turtle Network are adding an average of 250 thousand hatchlings per season. San Blas releases another 50 thousand and the three camps in the northern region release an additional 70 thousand turtles.
The Olive Ridley Turtle is the most common in the region. These animals nest three times a year dropping about 100 eggs per nest, 80% of which survive with only one out of a thousand returning to reproduce.
In the case of the Hawksbill Turtle there has been one nest found with young hatchlings that will eventually return to nest more frequently. The critically endangered Leatherback and the Black turtles are seen less frequently.
The good news is there are several camps that reported an increase in nests year over year, especially of Olive Ridleys, which is a result of the protection and conservation efforts in place.
3rd Sea Turtle Festival in Playa Platanitos
The general public is invited to the 3rd Sea Turtle Festival in Playa Platanitos this weekend July 18-19, 2015, which has been generating interest with its slogan “Ecología + Diversión = Únete a la Protección” (Ecology + Fun = Join in the Conservation!)
The Playa Platanitos Ecológico group is organizing the event with support from the government of the State of Nayarit and other sponsors including the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The goal is to enjoy a couple of days of family fun while spreading important information about this endangered species that is key to the health of the Riviera Nayarit’s beaches.
The inauguration is on Saturday, July 18 at 10:30 in the morning, followed by a series of musical presentations including the Mariachi Tradicional Cora, Batucada Ahualulco, folkloric singer Rigo Rivera and the Ballet Santa Cruz.
The contests will soon follow, starting with a runway walk for the Festival Queen contestants followed by dancing and singing to give the judges time to pick the lucky winner. At nightfall there will be a dance for all attendees.
On Sunday, July 19, the nature trails open up at 10 a.m. with information stations through Cerro Punta Custodio, complete with guides who will talk about the conservation and protection of the sea turtle.
At the end of the walks there will be activities that include a paddleboard exhibition, a recycled-materials kite flying contest, a swimming contest, a mechanical bull and a presentation by a group of local children.
An intervention by a group of ecologists is scheduled for the afternoon; they will interact with the public to raise awareness about the sea turtle. Once they’re done, the stage is set for concerts and the closing ceremony, followed by dancing on the beach.
Originally published by Riviera Nayarit CVB