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Date: 06/02/2008
NATIONAL SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION PLAN



The Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture, in partnership with various Cape Verdean and international institutions, is organizing a workshop to present the National Sea Turtle Conservation Plan, a part of the Marine and Coastal Conservation Project, today on the island of Sal.




The National Sea Turtle Conservation Plan will be the main planning and management tool for the conservation of sea turtles in Cape Verde, which is aimed at strengthening the capacities of local institutions for the implementation of the plan, the application of legal conservation tools and the promotion of behavioral change and environmental awareness, according to a communiqué from the Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture.

For the past several years, says the communiqué, the Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture has developed various initiatives and activities aimed at protecting sea turtles in Cape Verde. On the island of Sal, for example, volunteers post vigil at spots on the beaches where turtle eggs have been laid during the summer.

Sea turtles are in danger of extinction worldwide. Cape Verde features five of the seven species that exist and is the second-largest breeding spot in the North Atlantic. Although the turtles are protected by law in Cape Verde, on the islands where they lay their eggs, and particularly on Santiago, the hunting of the species is still commonplace. Indeed, last summer, A Semana Online witnessed a number of violations of the law, publishing articles on the capture of sea turtles in Praia and on Sal.





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