Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Operation Jairo II - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

baby sea turtle trying to make it to the seaSea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Jairo II campaign, defends endangered populations of green, leatherback, hawksbill, olive ridley and loggerhead turtles in Florida, Costa Rica and Honduras. These icons of the ocean face many threats to their lives including poaching, fishing net entanglement, trash and light pollution, and destruction of their habitat. Due to a number of threats, there has been an alarming decline in sea turtle populations around the world. All seven species of marine turtles are currently listed as threatened or endangered.

Sea turtles have called our oceans “home,” for over 500 million years. Our 2015 Operation Jairo campaign saved over 12,000 turtles and hatchlings so the expectation for Operation Jairo II in 2016 is even greater!

Sea turtle
“This species which has survived so much, may not survive us,” - Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson.

Operation JairoAbout Operation Jairo II

Operation Jairo II will launch in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on July 15 until September 1, with volunteers working to protect green, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles. Sea Shepherd will work with Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (S.T.O.P.) to protect sea turtle nests and guide hatchlings to the sea, away from the commercial lighting that disorients them. 

The Honduras campaign will be held in Utila from August 1 to November 1, where Sea Shepherd volunteers will protect hawksbill, green, and loggerhead sea turtles. Partnering with Bay Island Conservation Association (B.I.C.A.), Sea Shepherd will protect nesting females and nests from poachers. The Honduran Navy will provide security for beach patrols.

From September 1 to December 1, Operation Jairo II will move to Costa Rica where ground campaign volunteers will work in Jaco to protect primarily olive ridley and green sea turtles. The Jaco police are teaming with Sea Shepherd volunteers to protect nesting females and nests from poachers. Nests will be relocated to a hatchery run by the Jaco police force.

Campaign volunteers will conduct weekly beach cleanups in all three locations.
Click here to volunteer for Operation Jairo II. Email the completed application to