Akumal, Mexico – Sea Turtle Research Station Project
Centro Ecológico Akumal
Sea Turtle Program: July 2013-July 2016
Partners: Teens4Oceans, View Into The Blue™
Overview: Threats to the local populations of endangered sea turtles are increasing as tourism development grows in the Riviera Maya. The marine and coastal environments that characterize Akumal represent a favorable habitat for sea turtle populations, including the loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the green (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricate). They use the beaches, seagrasses, and reef habitats as nesting sites, for feeding, breeding and maturation. Akumal gets its name from these phenomena – “The Place of Turtles” in the Mayan language.
Sustainable use of the natural resources is one of the main challenges in Akumal. CEA is working to increase environmental awareness in the community, and feels is it is vital to convey the importance of habitat and species protection to the public and interested parties in Akumal. Teens4Oceans and their partners are collaborating with CEA to assist in research, education, and conservation of the coastal marine ecosystems and the species that inhabit them, especially the sea turtles. – Teens4Oceans website
Our expedition film: Teens4Oceans in Akumal, Mexico