Sea Turtle Protection & conservation Center (STPCC)
When the Sea Turtle Protection & Conservation Center began in 1983, only eleven turtles would lay their eggs on our coasts each year. Now, more than 2,000 sea turtles come to nest on Playa Teopa annually. To date, we have released 1,350,000 newborn sea turtles from four different species (Olive Ridley, Black, Hawksbill, and Leatherback) safely into the ocean.
The STPCC works 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, patrolling nesting areas along 3.7 miles of Careyes coastline and carefully transporting the eggs to the protected hatching facility. The eggs remain in the facility until the time they hatch (45-60 days) in order to protect them from land predators and then are immediately released into the ocean.
In addition to protecting nests, the STPCC also documents and tags the mother turtles to track study the adult sea turtle population which comes to nest on our shores. It also offers educational field trips for the surrounding schools to learn about biology and conservation.