Akazul is a UK registered not-
Legalised sea turtle egg collection, economically deprived coastal communities and
widespread product demand, has resulted in extremely high levels of egg harvesting
in Guatemala. It is thought that close to 100% of all sea turtle nests are taken
to be sold for human consumption in the city markets. Whilst the government’s egg-
In addition to its successful volunteer program, extensive environmental education and capacity building activities, in 2003, Project Parlama initiated the ‘Sponsor a Nest’ program at ARCAS’ Hawaii hatchery. This program was introduced as a way of supplementing the eggs collected through the existing donation system and the turtle nests found by volunteers on their nightly beach patrols.
During the duration of Project Parlama, funds were raised and nests were purchased
at the four hatchery sites of La Barrona, Hawaii, El Rosario and El Gariton. This
program made a dramatic impact on hatchling production at each of these sites and
between the 2003 -
Other hatchery projects have since adopted the program and Akazul continues working with local communities using Sponsor a Nest donations to raise hatchery productivity and increase the chances of survival for Guatemala’s sea turtles.
Although the purchasing of sea turtle eggs may be considered by some to be controversial,
the ‘Sponsor a Nest’ scheme does not promote further collection due to the already
present and extremely high level of egg harvesting. Sponsor a Nest is not an ultimate
solution, but it plays an important role in Guatemala’s sea turtle conservation,
in a country where egg-
Nests are obtained through the Sponsor a Nest scheme using funds specifically donated
for this cause. Eggs are purchased from collectors by project workers on the beach
directly after the egg laying process. Once the legal donation has been deducted
and documented, the remaining eggs are counted and payment issued. The nest is then
carefully transported and re-
Sea turtle eggs are sold by the dozen. The cost of an average sized clutch of 100 eggs is roughly US$15 during the high nesting season (almost the same price as chicken eggs!) but range up to US$40 during the lower nesting months. Although nests are cheaper to purchase during peak months, for hatchery management purposes and community based motives, nests are purchased throughout the entire season, so an average $25 donation is recommended.
Once a Sponsor a Nest donation has been received, you will receive a certificate, printable photos, and an annual electronic copy of our ‘Sponsor a Nest’ newsletter detailing each nest purchased with your donations and thanking you for your much needed contribution towards Guatemalan sea turtle conservation.
To sponsor a nest with Akazul please donate securely via Paypal where all major credit and debit cards are also accepted.
The ‘Sponsor a Nest’ scheme allows Akazul to protect more sea turtles by purchasing
eggs directly from local egg-