Cozumel Turtle Nesting

Cozumel Turtle Nesting

Cozumel Gets a 3rd Nesting Area for Turtles

CONANP adding a 3rd protected 25KM area …

Photo Courtesy of Spela Mihelac

The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) just announced that an additional 25KM of Cozumel shoreline will be annexed into the areas deemed protected turtle nesting areas.

 

The area to be annexed is located on the northeastern shore, near the area of “Ixpalbarco” and covers the area all the way up to the Punta Molas lighthouse, which is generally considered the northern tip of the island.

 

The other 2 existing protected turtle nesting areas are located in Punta Sur and Playa San Martin. All 3 camps cover nearly 45KM of Cozumel’s eastern coast.

 

Cozumel is fortunate to be a breeding area to two species of turtles, the loggerhead (careta careta) and the green turtle (chelonian mydas).

 

Turtles in Cozumel are protected under both civil and penal codes, with the first decree of protection appearing in publication in “Diario Oficial de la Federación,” back in 1927.  During the months of May through September these turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on Cozumel’s eastern beaches.

 

Sea turtles generally lay between 150-200 eggs each time and can nest up to 6 times in a breeding season.  The eggs take around 60 days to incubate before the baby turtles head toward the sea.

Cozumel consigue una 3ª zona de anidación para las tortugas

La CONANP agrega una 3ª zona de 25 km para la anidación de las tortugas . . .

La Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) recientemente informó que se agregarán 25 kilómetros de franja costera a las áreas protegidas para la anidación de las tortugas.

 

Photo Courtesy of Spela Mihelac

La zona que se anexará se localiza en la costa norte, cerca de Ixpalbarco abarcando hasta el faro de Punta Molas, área que generalmente se considera como la punta norte de la Isla.

 

Las otras 2 áreas protegidas para la anidación se ubican en Punta Sur y en Playa San Martín. Los 3 campamentos abarcan casi 45 kms. de la costa oriental de Cozumel.

 

Cozumel tiene la fortuna de ser una zona de cría para dos especies de tortugas: la caguama (Careta careta) y la tortuga verde (Chelonian mydas).

 

Las tortugas en Cozumel se encuentran protegidas tanto por el Código Civil como el Penal, siendo que el primer decreto para su protección se publicó en el Diario Oficial de la Federación en el año 1927. Durante los meses de Mayo a Septiembre, estas tortugas llegan a las playas orientales de Cozumel a anidar.

 

Por lo general cada vez que las tortuga pone huevos anida hasta 6 veces en la temporada de anidación colocando entre 150 a 200 huevos cada ocasión. La incubación tarda cerca de 60 días antes de que las tortuguitas eclosionen y se dirijan al mar.

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Laura Wilkinson

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Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
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