The Asociacion de Trotugueros Barra de Santiago is located in the Barra de Santiago, in El Salvador.
ACOTOMBAS is focused on saving sea turtles that return to their nesting sites located within the Barra de Santiago. Their programs include an egg purchasing program as well as an education program which teaches the local population the many important reasons to save the sea turtles.
They also manage and maintain their own turtle nursery (13 41’31.34″ N; 90 00’36.42″W).
The fStop Foundation is supporting ACOTOMBAS through monetary contributions which help pay for the nursery and the nursery keepers.
In the season ranging from October 2014 until January of 2015, ACOTOMBAS accomplished the following:
- Worked with 628 nests of the “Golfina” (“Olive Ridley” in English and “Lepidochelys olivacea” in Latin) which has an IUCN Endangered Status of “Vulnerable”. The eggs rescued from these nests generated 48,997 baby turtles released into the ocean.
- Worked with 3 nests of the “Prieta” (“Pacific Black”/”Chelonia mydas agassizii”) which has an IUCN Endangered Status of “Endangered”. The eggs rescued from these nested generated 229 baby turtles released into the ocean.
- Worked with 1 nest of the “Baule” (“Leatherback”/”Dermochelys coriacea”) which has an IUCN Endangered Satus of “Vulnerable”. The eggs rescued from this nest generated 37 baby turtles released into the ocean.
Please watch this short video to learn what ACOTOMBAS does and to meet our nursery keepers.