Protortuga

Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Program of Miches

Protortuga is an initiative implemented through an agreement between the El Seibo-Miches Hotel and Tourism Association PROMICHES and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, whose objective is to guarantee the best conditions for the reproduction of sea turtles on the beaches of Miches and La Vacama, based on a Public-Private-Community alliance that prioritizes resilient and regenerative tourism development in the Dominican Republic.

Vision/Mission

Vision: To be the Dominican Republic’s most robust sea turtle conservation program, recognized for increasing recorded nesting events, building impactful partnerships, and authoring valuable scientific contributions.

Mission: To monitor and protect sea turtle nesting sites in the Miches and La Vacama regions, via strong partnerships between the public sector, private tourism industry and local communities.

General Objectives

  • To ensure the best possible conditions for sea turtle reproduction, by meticulously monitoring and protecting nesting sites on the beaches of Miches and La Vacama, through initiatives to raise awareness and foster community involvement, as well as scientific research and its dissemination.

  • To guide tourism activity in Miches and La Vacama to support sea turtle conservation objectives based on a model of resilient and regenerative tourism.

Specific actions

  • Monitor the beaches looking to Identify mothers and nests in order to mark, register and protect them.
  • Educate every actor that comes into direct or indirect contact with sea turtle reproduction, from local residents to tourists, about the importance of sea turtles and how human behavior impacts their environment. 
  • Promote scientific research and the dissemination of data related to sea turtle conservation activities, in order to contribute to international efforts.
  • Promote the socioeconomic inclusion of the community in sea turtle conservation activities through tourism.

SCOPE OF THE PROGRAM

Monitored zone

Unmonitored zone

Protortuga has a total reach of about 50 linear kilometers of beach, of which 43 Kms. are permanently monitored during the season, since 2024.

The remaining seven kilometers will be incorporated into the program’s permanent monitoring routes, as it grows and resources allow.

Tortugario

TEMPORADA 2023

Nurseries

SEASON 2023

Carey

Eretmochelys imbricata

2 Events

2 Nests

0 False crawl

82 Hatchings

Green

Chelonia mydas

1 Events

1 Nests

0 False crawl

83 Hatchings

Leatherback

Dermochelys coriacea

27 Events

18 Nests

9 False crawl

507 Hatchings

TINGLAR​

25 Eventos

19 Nidos

19 Caracoleos

309 Neonatos

VERDE

1 Eventos

1 Nido

0 Caracoleos

83 Neonatos

CAREY

1 Eventos

1 Nido

0 Caracoleos

82 Neonatos

OUR METHODOLOGY

Protortuga was designed with the advice of biologists and other professionals with extensive experience in sea turtle conservation in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, structured in three components:

  • Monitoring and protection
  • Education and awareness
  • Research and scientific dissemination
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Medidas

PLAYA ESMERALDA OESTE

Length: 5.5 Kms.
From the Jovero River to Punta de la Finca.
Status: Beach monitored since 2024.
Turtles: Green, Hawksbill.

PLAYA ESMERALDA ESTE

Length: 5.5 Kms.
From the Jovero River to Punta de la Finca.
Status: Beach monitored since 2024.
Turtles: Green, Hawksbill.

PLAYA CELEDONIO

Length: 11 Kms
From Punta del Rey to Cedro River.
Status: Beach monitored since 2024.
Turtles: Leatherback.

PLAYA LIMÓN

Length: 4.5 Kms.
From the Cedro River to Punta Limón.
Status: Beach monitored since 2023.
Turtles: Leatherback, Hawksbill.

PLAYA DE LA BARBACOA

Length: 6.5 Kms.
From Punta Limón to Nisibón River.
Status: Beach not monitored.
Turtles: Leatherback, Green.

PLAYA LA VACAMA

Length: 20 Kms
From Punta el Coco to the Maimon River.
Status: Beach monitored since 2024.

PLAYA ESMERALDA OESTE

Extensión: 5.5 Kms.
Desde el Rio Jovero hasta Punta de la Finca.
Estatus: Playa monitoreada desde el 2024.
Tortugas: Verde, Carey.

PLAYA ESMERALDA ESTE

Extensión: 5.5 Kms.
Desde Punta de la Finca hasta Punta del Rey.
Estatus: Playa monitoreada desde el 2023.
Tortugas: Tinglar.

PLAYA CELEDONIO

Extensión: 11 Kms.
Desde Punta del Rey hasta el Rio Cedro.
Estatus: Playa monitoreada desde el 2024.
Tortugas: Tinglar.

PLAYA LIMÓN

Extensión: 4.5 Kms.
Desde el Rio Cedro hasta Punta Limón.
Estatus: Playa monitoreada desde el 2023.
Tortugas: Tinglar, Carey.

PLAYA DE LA BARBACOA

Extensión: 6.5 Kms.
Desde Punta Limón hasta Río Nisibón.
Estatus: Playa no monitoreada.
Tortugas: Tinglar, Verde.

PLAYA LA VACAMA

Extensión: 20 Kms.
Desde Punta el Coco hasta el Rio Maimon.
Estatus: Playa monitoreada desde el 2024.

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