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news-150423-1-operation-jairo-logo-300wSea Shepherd Conservation Society (Sea Shepherd) announces sea turtle defense campaign Operation Jairo, to take place this summer in three regions critical to nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings – southeastern Florida, Honduras and Costa Rica. Last season, Sea Shepherd was involved in sea turtle defense campaigns in Costa Rica, Honduras and Cape Verde, where nearly 10,000 sea turtles were released to the ocean, providing them with a safe head start. Among the sites to be patrolled by Sea Shepherd volunteers this season is Moin Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province, the site of the tragic murder of young turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval. In honor of his work to protect the turtles he cherished so deeply, Sea Shepherd has named both a vessel and this upcoming campaign after him.

Sea Shepherd’s Operation Jairo campaign will span the peak nesting or hatching months for sea turtles in all three locations, in an effort to save as many hatchlings as possible – giving the next generations of these endangered species a fighting chance at survival.

Six of seven species of sea turtles are on the brink of extinction. The odds are against these endangered marine animals from the start, with an average of only one in 1,000 hatchlings surviving to adulthood. These marine species have endured long enough to see the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct – yet today they are being quickly wiped out by poaching and other human-induced threats. While poaching is the single biggest threat they are facing, sea turtles are often accidentally caught as by-catch in fishing operations and many die from ingesting plastic and other marine debris. Additionally, turtle meat and eggs are regularly consumed by some cultures as food, and even considered a delicacy. The black-market demand for tortoiseshell used for decorative purposes and supposed health benefits is contributing further to this gentle creature's demise.

A loggerhead sea turtle heads back to the ocean after laying her eggsA loggerhead sea turtle heads back to the ocean after laying her eggs.
Photo: Sea Shepherd / Simon Ager
In southeastern Florida, Sea Shepherd will be working with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P.), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting sea turtles in Broward County, Florida. From mid-July to mid-September, volunteers will ensure that sea turtle hatchlings make it safely to the ocean from their nests on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale. Hatchling turtles in Broward County become disoriented by improper lighting from public-owned fixtures, businesses and condominiums along the beaches, causing them to head away from the sea where they could die from dehydration or onto dangerous and busy roadways where they get crushed by cars. Along with conducting patrols of the beaches, Sea Shepherd will collaborate with S.T.O.P in its efforts to ensure that Broward County municipalities adhere to and enforce current lighting ordinances put in place to protect these endangered creatures.

From May 31st until September, Sea Shepherd will patrol nightly to protect three endangered turtle species – hawksbill, green and loggerhead – in Honduras, as we did in 2014. Here, as in Costa Rica, sea turtles are at risk from poachers in search of nesting turtles to kill them for meat and sell their eggs, which is illegal in Honduras. Meeting with Sea Shepherd Campaign Coordinator, Dave Hance last year, Utila Mayor Troy Bodden vowed to arrest and fully prosecute anyone in violation of the turtle protection laws and has pledged his 100 percent support of Sea Shepherd and its efforts.

A sea turtle hatchling is guided safely to the seaA sea turtle hatchling is guided safely to the sea.
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Returning to Costa Rica following 2014 anti-poaching campaign Operation Pacuare – which resulted in nearly 3,000 sea turtles saved – Sea Shepherd will once again protect hawksbill, green and leatherback sea turtles from poachers on Pacuare Beach in Costa Rica’s Limón province from May 31st until September. This year, Operation Jairo will see Sea Shepherd volunteers standing watch along Moin Beach, patrolling in the footsteps of Jairo Mora Sandoval for his beloved sea turtles. Sandoval was murdered on May 31, 2013 while protecting sea turtle nests, and is widely believed to have been killed by poachers.

Sea turtles are protected by law in Costa Rica, but poaching remains commonplace. Locals take eggs, which are believed to be an aphrodisiac, and sell them on the black market. The turtle egg trade has been linked to drug trafficking and organized crime. In the wake of Jairo’s death, the organization he worked with canceled beach patrol efforts in Costa Rica. However, Sea Shepherd has vowed not to leave the turtles of Moin Beach unprotected and to continue the important work begun by Jairo Mora.

Sea Shepherd is now accepting applications for dedicated and passionate volunteers in all three campaign locations. The organization is seeking volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and who are able to commit to participating in the campaign for a period of two weeks or longer. Sea Shepherd is also seeking volunteers with training and/or a professional background in videography and photography to assist with campaign media production, and those who are fluent in Spanish. Anyone interested in joining Operation Jairo, should please visit: http://www.seashepherd.org/get-involved/ground-crew.html.

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news-150423-1-operation-jairo-logo-300wSea Shepherd Conservation Society (Sea Shepherd) anuncia la campaña en defensa de las tortugas marinas Operación Jairo, que tendrá lugar este verano en tres regiones fundamentales para la anidación de tortugas marinas y sus crías - sureste de Florida, Honduras y Costa Rica. La anterior temporada, Sea Shepherd estuvo involucrado en campañas de defensa de las tortugas marinas en Costa Rica, Honduras y Cabo Verde, donde cerca de 10.000 tortugas marinas fueron liberadas al mar, proporcionándoles una ventaja segura. Entre los sitios patrullados por voluntarios de Sea Shepherd en esta temporada estará Moin Beach, en la provincia de Limón de Costa Rica, el sitio del trágico asesinato del joven conservacionista de tortugas Jairo Mora Sandoval. En honor a su labor de protección de las tortugas que apreciaba tan profundamente, Sea Shepherd ha dado su nombre a una embarcación y a esta próxima campaña.

La Campaña Operación Jairo de Sea Shepherd abarcará los meses pico de anidación o de incubación de las tortugas marinas en las tres localidades, en un esfuerzo por salvar a tantas crías como sea posible – dando así a las próximas generaciones de estas especies en peligro una oportunidad de luchar por su supervivencia.

Seis de las siete especies de tortugas marinas están al borde de extinción. Las probabilidades se encuentran desde un inicio en contra de estos animales marinos en peligro de extinción, con un promedio de sólo uno de cada 1.000 neonatos que sobreviven hasta la edad adulta. Estas especies marinas han perdurado lo suficiente para ver a los dinosaurios evolucionar y extinguirse – a pesar de ello hoy están siendo eliminadas rápidamente por la caza furtiva y otras amenazas de origen humano. Mientras que la caza furtiva es la mayor amenaza que enfrentan, las tortugas marinas a menudo quedan atrapadas accidentalmente en las operaciones de pesca como captura incidental y muchas mueren a causa de la ingestión de plástico y otros desechos marinos de origen humano. Además, la carne y huevos de tortuga son consumidos regularmente por algunas culturas como alimento, e incluso son considerados un manjar. La demanda en el mercado negro del caparazón utilizado con fines decorativos y supuestos beneficios para la salud está contribuyendo a la desaparición de esta apacible criatura.

A loggerhead sea turtle heads back to the ocean after laying her eggsUna tortuga caguama se dirige de nuevo al mar después de poner sus huevos.
Foto: Sea Shepherd / Simon Ager
En el sureste de Florida, Sea Shepherd va a trabajar con (STOP) por sus siglas en inglés, una organización sin fines de lucro dedicada a la protección de las tortugas marinas en el condado de Broward, Florida. Desde mediados de julio hasta mediados de septiembre, los voluntarios se asegurarán de que las crías de tortugas marinas lleguen de forma segura al océano desde sus nidos en las playas de Fort Lauderdale. Las crías de tortugas en el Condado de Broward se desorientan por la inadecuada iluminación producida por aparatos fijos de propiedad pública, empresas y condominios a lo largo de las playas, haciendo que se dirijan lejos del mar pudiendo morir de deshidratación o aplastadas por los coches en peligrosas y concurridas carreteras. Junto con los patrullajes de las playas, Sea Shepherd colaborará con S.T.O.P. en sus esfuerzos para garantizar que los municipios del Condado de Broward se apeguen y hagan cumplir las actuales ordenanzas de iluminación puestas en marcha para proteger a estas criaturas en peligro de extinción.

Desde el 31 de mayo hasta septiembre, Sea Shepherd patrullará todas las noches para proteger a tres especies de tortugas en peligro de extinción - carey, verde y caguama - en Honduras, como lo hicimos en el 2014. Aquí, como en Costa Rica, las tortugas marinas se encuentran en riesgo por los cazadores furtivos que buscan los sitios de anidación de las tortugas para matarlas por su carne y vender sus huevos, lo cual es ilegal en Honduras. En una reunión con el Coordinador de la Campaña de Sea Shepherd, Dave Hance el año pasado, el Alcalde de Utila Troy Bodden se comprometió a detener y procesar a cualquier persona que se encuentre en violación de las leyes de protección de la tortuga y ha prometido su apoyo al 100 por ciento a Sea Shepherd y a sus esfuerzos.

A sea turtle hatchling is guided safely to the seaUna cría de tortuga marina es guidad de manera segura hacia el mar.
Foto: Sea Shepherd
Al regresar a Costa Rica tras la campaña contra la caza furtiva Operación Pacuare 2014 - que se tradujo en cerca de 3.000 tortugas marinas salvadas - Sea Shepherd volverá a proteger a las tortugas marinas carey, verde y laúd de los cazadores furtivos en la Playa Pacuare en la provincia Límón de Costa Rica Limón del 31 de mayo hasta septiembre . Este año, la Operación Jairo tendrá a voluntarios de Sea Shepherd de pie y en guardia a lo largo de la playa de Moín, patrullando y siguiendo los pasos de Jairo Mora Sandoval por sus amadas tortugas marinas. Sandoval fue asesinado el 31 de mayo 2013, mientras que la protección de nidos de tortugas marinas, y se cree ampliamente que han sido asesinados por los cazadores furtivos.

Las tortugas marinas están protegidas por la ley en Costa Rica, pero la caza furtiva sigue siendo una práctica común. Los lugareños toman los huevos, que se cree son un afrodisíaco, y los venden en el mercado negro. El comercio de huevos de tortuga se ha relacionado con el tráfico de drogas y el crimen organizado. A raíz de la muerte de Jairo, la organización con quien él trabajó canceló los esfuerzos de patrullaje de playas en Costa Rica. Sin embargo, Sea Shepherd ha prometido no dejar a las tortugas de Playa Moin sin protección y así continuar con la importante labor iniciada por Jairo Mora.

Sea Shepherd está recibiendo solicitudes para voluntarios dedicados y apasionados en los tres lugares de la campaña. La organización está buscando voluntarios que tengan al menos 18 años de edad y que sean capaces de comprometerse a participar en la campaña por un período de dos semanas o más. Sea Shepherd también está buscando voluntarios con formación y / o experiencia profesional en filmación y fotografía para ayudar en la producción de medios de la campaña, y que dominen el español. Cualquier persona interesada en formar parte de la Operación Jairo, debe por favor visitar: http://www.seashepherd.org/get-involved/ground-crew.html.

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