Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao does research, conservation, education and outreach with the goal to protect endangered sea turtles and their habitats in Curacao. Year round green turtles and hawksbill turtles are seen around Curacao. Between May and December green turtles, hawksbills and loggerhead turtles nest on Curacao. There are several threats that are addressed by the volunteers of Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao: Pollution, predation, poaching, hooking and ghost gear are examples.
Sea turtles are endangered species. They face several human made threats. Pollution of their habitat is a big threat, loss of (nesting) habitat is another. Most people do not realize that Curacao have sea turtles that are protected by law. Creating awareness is a very important aspect of the work Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao is doing. Stimulating behavioral changes to stimulate a better care for the sea turtles and oceans benefit all marine life and humans as well.
- During every monitoring round STCC volunteers will pick up pollution on the nesting beaches. - Monthly clean up events will be organized - A lot of effort is put into education and outreach - We help hooked and entangled turtles - We inform the public about sea turtles and best practices - We use social media to reach a large number of people - We publish a monthly news letter - We give presentations for companies and school classes
Our local action might have global significance. We save sea turtles form entanglement and poaching, giving these endangered animals a better chance. We also clean beaches and foraging grounds, which not only benefits sea turtles, but all other life forms. It also improves the attractiveness of the beaches, which gives better experiences and attracting more visitors for Curacao.