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Coastal-Marine Research Project

Launched in September 2011, our Coastal Marine Research Project is designed to contribute to the scientific understanding of sea turtle populations and marine ecology.

Since 2005, Paso Pacifico has been dedicated to developing well-managed conservation areas connected by viable biological corridors that span from ridge to reef. This new initiative to improve conservation management practices in the La Flor and Rio Escalante-Chacocente protected areas is key to connecting dry forest landscape to seascape.

Our science-based monitoring gauges the effectiveness of management at marine protected areas and the protection of key indicator species – like sea turtles – which are also flagship tourism species. In addition to bolstering conservation efforts, this project provides field training to young marine scientists.

Flagship Species: Sea Turtles

Globally important sea turtle arribada beaches like La Flor Wildlife Refuge (pictured below) receive tens of thousands of sea turtles each year. The greatest threat to successful nesting is the high mortality rates among adult sea turtles caught in fishing gear as they gather to mate. 

Through a partnership with the Danish International Cooperation Agency (DANIDA), Paso Pacifico's Coastal-Marine Research Project trains local marine biologists, maps reefs and turtle habitat, and ensures protection of newly discovered turtle nesting beaches, allowing more critically endangered sea turtles to safely nest than ever before.

Project Components

  1. Mapping Habitat: Targeted efforts to map reefs, sea turtle habitat, solitary nesting beaches, and the critically endangered sea turtles themselves.

  2. Empowering Citizen Scientists: Unique applications of technology help local community members and schoolchildren contribute to a global biodiversity monitoring project. Read more...

  3. Creating Sustainably Managed Fisheries: Providing science and technology for fishermen to gather data, assess and monitor resourcess, and determine best practices for sustainable fishing. Read more...

  4. Training Turtle Rangers & Reef Rangers: Providing ongoing training for turtle rangers and biodiversity monitors to protect the newly discovered (and mapped) nesting and feeding grounds of critically endangered sea turtles and humpback whales. Read more...

  5. Community Outreach & Environmental Education: Public outreach and education are important to sustainaing the gains made through sea turtle protection and other conservation efforts. Read more... 

Coastal-Marine Research Partners

Contact Us

PO Box 1244 • Ventura, CA 93002-1244
Phone: 1-805-643-7044

Carretera a Masaya Km 12.4
Residencial Villas del Prado, Casa No. 7
Managua, Nicaragua
Phone: +505-2279-8423
Phone: +505-2279-7072

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