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01/2019 2.00

"Installation of information signs to identify the tracks of turtles"

Fuerteventura's Cabildo has installed information signs that provide the required information to identify the tracks left by turtles when they come back to the island to lay their eggs. The campaign called ''Rastreando a Caretta caretta''' (following the trail of Caretta caretta) that was launched by the Environment Council, managed by Natalia Évora, is aimed at the local police, beach surveillance staff, surf schools, tourists, schools and the public in general so that they can learn to identify the tracks of turtles when they come back to lay their eggs on the beaches of Fuerteventura and act adequately when making this discovery. The five signs have been installed at the mirador and beach of Cofete, at the point of Jandía and La Pared, in the municipality of Pájara. The loggerhead turtle is a very threatened species worldwide and this is why Fuerteventura's Cabildo, the Canarian Government, the ADS Biodiversidad Foundation, the Government of Cape Verde and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPG) have developed this project that consists in increasing the reproduction habitat of the Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in Macaronesia. It is estimated that from next summer onwards, some turtles who were born within this programme and were released on the beach of Cofete, could come back to lay their eggs on the beaches of Fuerteventura. At that moment, a new phase of the project will start with the control and follow up of this nests of individuals that were born in the Canaries.

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