Sea Turtle Conservation Program

  • 22 August, 2019

The Mexican Caribbean is an important nesting area for sea turtles; four of the  eight species of the world’s sea turtles prefer the waters of the coast of Cancun and the Riviera Maya; White Turtle (Chelonia mydas), Logger Head Turtle (Caretta caretta), Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriácea), but unfortunately human impact on the environment and global warming have   conspired  against many of the wonders  of nature,  leading turtles to endangered species. It is important to seriously assess the affectation on sea turtle populations that tourist development causes, as it is one of the main economic activities of the region and has the potential to favor substantially the conservation of these species if all sectors that make direct or indirect use of the coastlines get involved in a committed matter.

Palace Resorts brand is a tourist enterprise which is  internationally recognized for its high quality service and its commitment  to  the conservation of flora and fauna; for this reason, decisive steps  have been taken through Palace Foundation IAP and Fomento Ecológico Banamex A. C., in order to  ensure  the protection  of  these creatures, “Sea Turtle Conservation Program”, has operated  through  two  Turtle camps:   Cancun (located between Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, covering the  beach front of the hotels: Sun Palace, Beach Palace and Le Blanc) and Tamul (located south of the hotel zone in the municipality of Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo, where 9.3 kilometers of beach  are entirely protected. During the months of May to October, day and night tours are carried out, protecting the nesting female turtles on the beach, collecting nests and sown into a yard protection and finally releasing of the baby turtles. In addition,  research  projects are developed jointly with institutions and centers of research for  the conservation and protection  of sea turtles, one of them is photo-identification for recognition of nesting female turtles and thus  knowing the population  of female turtles that nest   on our beaches, the second is a  atellite monitoring  to know the migration  routes and in turn know  more about the biology of these turtles.

During the 2019 season, we have witnessed a large number of turtles arriving at the beaches of Palace Resorts properties, and we have protected so far a total of 2,191 nests, 251,931 eggs in turn and 13,853 hatchlings have been released into the sea.

However, our historical data  shows  that since 2006 the properties  of Palace Resorts  have been  the shelter for a total of  18,556 nests; 2,063,003 eggs and 1,716,769 baby turtles have been released, our main objective is to contribute with the rehabilitation of  the sea turtle populations  in the state, and guarantee the permanence of these species   in the area   of influence, through the actions  of  protection, conservation, research, training on management of sea turtles.