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7,000 Turtles Laying Eggs On Beach in Tonosí

Environmental IssuesPlaya La Marinera, Los Santos. - At least 7,000 turtles have come to the Playa La Marinera in the district of Tonosí to spawn, in the province of Los Santos. This group of turtles that came to the area of Tonosí is considered the fourth arrival of this year. This was revealed by a report of the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP), which states that during the 7th, 8th and 9th of October at the Playa La Marinera, 7,000 turtles have come to lay their eggs.

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)

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