How SEE Turtles Protects SEA Turtles
Our goal is to support sea turtle conservation efforts around the world through ecotourism, fundraising, and education. We work with community-based conservation organizations working at key turtle sites around Latin America to help promote responsible tourism.
Since our launch, we have generated more than $800,000 for conservation and local communities. This support is a combination of donations, small grants, fees, indirect spending, in-kind donations, and funds raised through Billion Baby Turtles.
Turtle Conservation Tours & Volunteer Programs
Our conservation tours help local organizations sustain their work and bring alternative sources of income to communities where turtles are threatened.
Our successes include:
- More than 1,000 people have visited our partners so far, ranging from long-term volunteers to travelers visiting a nesting beach for an evening.
- We have connected more than 500 volunteers with turtle projects who have completed more than 3,500 shifts patrolling nesting beaches, guarding hatcheries, and other important activities.
- Small grants we have given to partners have funded the removal of fishing gear and training guides in Baja California Sur, helping a women’s cooperative expand an innovative recycled plastic bag program, and supporting a sea turtle educational programs in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
Billion Baby Turtles
Launched in 2013, Billion Baby Turtles raises funds to save hatchlings at important turtle nesting beaches around Latin America.
- Since 2013, we have helped save more than 800,000 hatchlings at 12 nesting beaches in Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
- We have raised more than $45,000 for hawksbill conservation through our partners with the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative. This will help to save more than 90,000 hatchlings of the world's most endangered sea turtle population.
Sea Turtle Education
We promote educational programs in the US and Latin America, including class presentations, bilingual lesson plans, teacher training workshops, and scholarships for students to visit conservation projects.
- Our class presentations have reached over 8,000 students in the US and Canada.
- We have funded more than 2,000 students in Latin America to visit nearby turtle projects since 2013.
- Our turtle educational workshops have trained more than 100 teachers and community leaders at 10 important turtle projects in El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.
- More than 1,200 students at 30 schools across the US have saved more than 15,000 turtle hatchlings through our School Fundraisers.
TOO RARE TO WEAR
Turtleshell products are still frequently sold in the tropics around the world. Our Too Rare To Wear campaign aims to end the demand for these products from travelers.
- More than 4,000 people have signed our Pledge to Avoid Turtleshell.
- We have more than 80 tour operators, conservation organizations, and others in our coalition, working to educate travelers about this issue.
- Our report Endangered Souvenirs found more than 10,000 products for sale in more than 200 shops across 8 countries in Latin America.
- We are supporting local efforts to end the sale of turtleshell in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia, and Honduras.
Banner Image: Spencer Stoner/EcoViva; other images: Neil Ever Osborne, Brad Nahill/SEE Turtles