Published On: Fri, Oct 26th, 2018

New monitoring chips for sea turtles in Isla Mujeres

In addition to the 45 microchips placed before to maintain control and monitoring of the species of chelonians that are sheltered in the facilities of Tortugranja, the City of Isla Mujeres, in coordination with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa), marked 15 additional specimens with these type of devices.

For example, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, with the support of the State Committee of Sea Turtles, veterinarian Ana Negrete, biologist Gisela Maldonado and the workers of the Tortugranja, are now monitoring 60 sea turtles using microchips.

Through these devices it is possible to know the state of health of the chelonians, their weight, size, cranial size, shell design, age, the development of their growth and their need to feed, the data facilitates their care and protection.

Deline Garcia Canto, director of the Tortugranja, said that the protection of wildlife is one of the main commitments of the administration headed by Carrillo Soberanis, who, with the aim of contributing to the preservation of the species, urged the workers of this Center to continue with the necessary tasks for the monitoring of the turtles.

Monitoring of three species

The devices were placed at the Tortugranja, on animals from different species: white, loggerhead and hawksbill, to carry out a better control of their health.

It should be noted that since the Tortugranja started operations, this is the first time that a municipal government has implemented a measure of this type for the benefit of sea turtles and, in coordination with other actors from the civil society and the private initiative.

“We are very happy for the great commitment of our mayor with the care of the environment and wildlife, and thanks to the support of state and federal authorities we are sure that these microchips will greatly facilitate our work, and the most important thing is that we will be able to take care of each one of the tagged animals, monitoring their habits and their health,” concluded Deline Garcia Canto, director of the Tortugranja.

There are organizations dedicated to stopping these hunts in excess or capture for tourist purposes of some marine animals, such is the case of “Tortugranja” in Isla Mujeres. (Photo: La verdad)

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