In Puerto Rico, Beach Clean-Up to Welcome Leatherback Turtles

A group of more than 100 people participated in one of the most significant clean-ups of the San Miguel Beach, part of the Ecological Corridor of the east in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. The activity had as its main goal to welcome the endangered leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) to the beginning of their nesting season.

The beach clean-up began with the formation of a heart in the sand in symbol of solidarity with protection and designation of the area as a nature reserve as a whole, without subdivision into different areas. In the afternoon, citizens and organizations gathered to offer participants various activities such as surfing and kayaking clinics. The event was organized by the Pro Ecological Corridor of the Northeast Coalition and had wide involvement of scouting and 4H groups as well as Comunidades Pesqueras en Acción [Fishing Communities in Action (COPESCA)].

The Coalition promotes the restoration of the Natural Reserve of the Ecological Corridor as a continuous area, without division, and its future development as an ecotourism destination.

For original article (in Spanish), see

For more on the leatherback turtles, see

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