Cambiando la marea

The Chontal-Zapoteca wildlife corridor is a nesting area for several important species of marine turtles. It is also the region with the highest level of turtle egg consumption. Culture, traditions, nature, and economic hardship create great challenges for marine and coastal conservation, in what is one of the most beautiful regions of the country.

“Changing the tide” is the story of those who swim against the current, exchanging exploitation practices for conservation efforts and biological field work for community work and environmental education. Government, civil society, and communities have joined together in a heroic effort to lead conservation initiatives that range from research and monitoring activities, to beach patrolling in order to protect turtle eggs in nesting areas.

The center of these efforts is Morro Ayuta where every year millions of Pacific ridley sea turtles nest along 16km of beach, and conservationists encounter locals whose livelihoods depend on the sale of these eggs. Some locals have learned about these turtles and work to protect them today. They prevent literally thousands of eggs from ending up in regional market stands. These are the heroes that, together with their allies, share an inspiring story of change, a glimpse of hope and proof that environmental education has a positive effect on conservation. Fishers, biologists, and tourism service providers share their perspectives on conservation processes and the protection of marine turtles.