Pretoma Launches “Adopt a Satellite Sea Turtle” Campaign
The Los Angeles primary school becomes the first educational center to adopt a Cocos Island satellite turtle
(June 16, 2011 – San José Costa Rica)
Yesterday, Pretoma officially launched its “Adopt a Satellite Sea Turtle” campaign to support its efforts to improve marine conservation politics through scientific research that involves tagging sea turtles and sharks with satellite transmitters in order to study their migratory routs and threats. Pretoma decided to kick-off the campaign by recognizing the Los Angeles primary school’s accomplishment of raising $1,400.00 during organization’s 2010 initiative to fundraise through educational centers to support sea turtle nesting beach conservation projects.
The cost to adopt a satellite turtle is $1,200 with the donor retaining the right to personally name the turtle. Every time the turtle surfaces, the transmitter sends, via satellite, its geographic position, water temperature, and depth the animal dove to. The lifespan of the transmitter is between two months to a year. All newly adopted turtles will be fitted with their transmitters during Pretoma’s next expedition to Cocos Island in September.
“Now, students who have done so much to protect sea turtles on their nesting beaches can continue their involvement with these animals by tracking their movements around Cocos Island and learning about their daily activities and the threats they face”, said an enthusiastic Randall Arauz, Pretoma’s President. “Not only do we need scientific data, but also a society that is more aware if we’re going to influence policy making that leads to effective marine conservation efforts”, asserted Arauz.
“We’re inviting every educational center and private company to participate”, said Alexia Garro, Pretoma’s campaigns consultant. “We’ll go to your school or work place and give a detailed workshop on the science that’s going on out at Cocos Island with sea turtles along with ways you can help”, said Garro.
“The students decided to name this turtle Manuelita”, said a proud Fabián Álvarez, Los Angeles’ science teacher. “The workshop had a big impact on them and they’re really motivated and interested to see where Manuelita goes and in participating in future conservation and marine resource management initiatives”, concluded Álvarez.http://www.pretoma.org/pretoma-launches-adopt-a-satellite-sea-turtle-campaign/Press Releases