Community

The story of Campamento Majahuas is one of community. This sea turtle conservation program was started, and is still managed today, by the Roca Negra Fisherman’s Cooperative. The fishermen tell of the thousands and thousands of turtles that would nest on Majahuas’ beaches many years ago, and how the eggs would be collected and taken to the highway to sell to distributors passing by in large trucks.

Having seen the immense drop in numbers of nesting turtles over the years, a couple of the fishermen began to relocate some of the nests to their camp area to see if the eggs still hatched; they did. By this time the University of Guadalajara was already working on nearby beaches to protect endangered sea turtles, and soon heard of Campamento Majahuas. With the support of the university, the fisherman’s cooperative learnt how to manage a natural incubation area and soon began to relocate as many nests as they could and release the hatchlings from those nests to the ocean.

During the first season of nest relocation the fishermen managed to save approximately 20 nests; today they reach around 4,000 each season.

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