Each year hundreds of Leatherback, Green and Carey’s turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches of Gandoca. These three species of turtles are in danger of extinction. The community of Gandoca used to live on the collecting of eggs and the illegal harvesting of turtle meat because that was the only means of subsistence they had. This community now works to protect the turtles.
The Gandoca Development Association is pursuing a Conservation and Investigation Program, which is supported by ASVO. In addition to protecting the turtles, we are working to promote an attitude of conservation and to develop environmental education programs for Gandoca and the surrounding communities. The project is taking its first steps toward becoming an entity which involves the entire community in the responsible care of the biodiverse area in which they live.
We work with Costa Rican and international volunteers for the development of Gandoca and the preservaion of marine turtles. Together with members of the community, we patrol the beaches at night, to collect turtle eggs and to make scientific investigations such as measurement of the turtles. We take the eggs to safe places and monitor the nests. Among other activities, we construct nurseries and we release baby turtles to the sea. We also provide intercultural activities through the participation of volunteers in the schools in Gandoca and the surrounding area.