7,000 Turtles Laying Eggs On Beach in Tonosí
Tuesday, October 09 2012 @ 09:54 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
According to the director of the Arap in Los Santos, Edison Cedeño, this is the fourth arrival of the species of sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), in an area that has been declared as a reserve. So far this year more than 40,000 turtles have laid their eggs in this area.
Cedeño said the area is fully protected 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by ARAP inspectors based in Los Santos. He said entry to the area is only allowed after authorization by ARAP officials, or by the Direction of Research and Development.
The extraction of turtle eggs is prohibited in this zone, and people entering the area with these intentions are arrested and taken to the Tonosí police station.
Surveillance in the area has been provided for the past nine years by the office of Marine Resources of the Panama Maritime Authority, and later with the creation of the ARAP by personnel of this institution, the National Police, the Ecological Police and National Air Service. (Prensa)