Thursday, September 08, 2005

Tortuguero’s environmental richness is acknowledged

Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) hatchling at Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica. (Photo:Kevin Shafer/Getty Images)During the celebration of the National Parks Day Tortuguero’s environmental richness was acknowledged.

Also that same day two agreements were subscribed in order to count with the resources for management of the green turtles and to consolidate a geographical information system allowing the location of each of the areas in Tortuguero.

These agreements have as goal the conservation of the ecosystem’s biodiversity.

The Tortuguero National Park is located on the Caribbean Coast, province of Limon, approximately 80 km northeast of the city of Limon.

It’s the most important area, on the Caribbean’s west side, since the green turtle comes here to spawn. Other marine turtle species, such as the leatherback and the hawksbill come too.

There are many lagoons and canals crossing the park. They are navigable and are habitat of many crocodiles, turtles, manatees, crabs and 52 species of river fish.

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