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.