Will turtles return to Fuerteventura to lay their eggs

2020/09/02 13:15:45 Written by Canarian Weekly Fuerteventura

The CanBio project to reintroduce the loggerhead turtle (Carreta caretta) back into the wild in 2006 in Fuerteventura, is now being tested thanks to another research project.

Amongst other things, the project has been launched to determine if the turtles released more than a decade ago on the beach of Cofete in the south of the island, return to lay their eggs. If confirmed to do so, it would be an unprecedented success for a scientific initiative that has tried to make the island once again a nesting area for this species of turtle.

The initiative will be developed from the collaboration of the Ministry of the Environment, Fight against Climate Change, Circular Economy and R+D+I of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura and the Biosphere Reserve with the CanBio project which it will focus "on monitoring plastics, traces of turtles, and analyzing the effects of climate change on Cofete beach."

The Association of Volunteers for Aid to Nature of Fuerteventura (Avanfuer), will be monitoring traces on the beach for signs of nesting, and they will have a drone to take aerial images to assist.

The level of microplastics on Cofete beach will also be studied, as well as the effects of climate change.

The CanBio project also includes Tortuga Alert workshops, "aimed at the entire population interested in environmental knowledge." Including in the training will be a section to identify turtle tracks and giving first aid to sea life in distress.

The CanBio environmental project, which, in general, aims to study climate change in the sea, ocean acidification and its effects on marine biodiversity in the waters of the Canary Islands, has the participation of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Loro Parque Foundation, the Universities of La Laguna and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as Avanfuer. In this way, "the Canary Islands will become a world benchmark by providing relevant data on climate change and its effects in the area," said the Fuerteventura Cabildo.