SEE Turtles is a conservation tourism project that links people with turtle sites in ways that directly support protection efforts, while increasing resources in communities to help residents thrive and value sea turtles in their environment.
Going beyond the ecotourism mantra of "leave only footprints", SEE Turtles suggests that tourists should make a positive impact through conservation tourism. Conservation tourism supports communities protecting sea turtles by increasing the income needed for local conservation efforts, providing economic alternatives to end their threats and inspiring travelers to take a more active role in their protection.
This project supports community-based sea turtle conservation by hiring residents to patrol nesting beaches, improving egg hatcheries, and supporting the development of local ecotourism in 6 small rural villages along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in the municipality of San Juan del Sur.
For every dollar donated, two turtle hatchlings will be saved. This conservation project provides financial incentives to Jiquilisco Bay residents for collecting eggs from highly poached nesting beaches to protected hatcheries.