Recently a group of American scientists met in Panama, in the “V Regional Symposium on Sea Turtle of the Eastern South Pacific”, to discuss strategies and good practices to protect this endangered species.
The symposium was attended by representatives from Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, which together with Panama and the countries of Central America are part of the South Pacific Permanent Commission (CPPS), and the Conservation International Organization of the United States.
It was organized by the Water Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP in spanish), the National Environmental Authority (ANAM in spanish), the universities of Panama and International Maritime of Panama as well as the Land and Water Foundations, Mar Viva and Natura also the Institute Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI).
The program coordinator of the ARAP, Marino Abrego, said the meeting’s purpose was to unify efforts for the protection and conservation of sea turtles throughout the Americas, mainly in the eastern South Pacific.
“Sea turtles are migratory species, have no boundaries, and if a country’s efforts to protect and conserve them are not imitated by others, then simply will disappear,” Abrego said.
He reported that this meeting also gave continuity to the agreements reached in the four previous meetings, which took place in Chile (2007), Peru (2008), Ecuador (2009) and Colombia (2010).
Among the main achievements of the event, the writing of a document called “Declaration of Panama”, which reflects the main recommendations for the governments of the countries present, including the implementation of binding agreements for the conservation and species protection .
For its part, the representative of the U.S. organization Conservation International, Bryan Wallace, said the Panama symposium brought together different actors who participate directly in conservation programs and protection of sea turtles.
“Any measure taken to save a sea turtle has to do with many actors from the local community to the government authorities, and they all participated in this meeting,” said Wallace.
He stressed that he is convinced that after this two-day event were consolidated strategies, best practices, and above all, a partnership between all the participants to preserve the turtles.
Wallace and three other scientists emphasizes the need to end overfishing and combat pollution of the oceans, among others.
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“There are fishing practices, for example, can be adjusted to reduce the indiscriminate catch of species, and there are also measures to protect sea turtles on beaches, in order not to steal their eggs,” said the representative of Conservation International.
By Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24