Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias

We are a network for sea turtle conservation and the individuals and communities behind it are its essence. The work and conviction of fishermen, students, teachers, housewives, scientists, civil society organizations and government institutions keep this network active.

Our Programs

The 7 species of sea turtles are in a vulnerable or endangered state. Through our programs we seek to generate information and create awareness that contributes to the preservation of these species and their environment.

Our research is focused on understanding the status and biology of sea turtles. This knowledge makes it possible to plan and adopt appropriate measures for the conservation of the species. All the information is then analyzed by scientists and published and/or presented in exchange forums.

  • Monitoring in the water: Monitoring sea turtles in the water is a method of obtaining information about a population and its changes, distribution, health, genetics, characteristics, as well as to identify the particularities of their habitats.
  • Beach Monitoring: Monitoring beaches allows us to work on the conservation of turtles from the moment they lay their eggs with the Nest Protection Program until they die with the study of stranding zones.
  • Environmental Education: Chapuzón Submarino is our environmental awareness program, addressing the biology and conservation of sea turtles and the environment.

Where do we work?

We work in the north-western states of Mexico with more than 50 communities in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima and Michoacán. We further support and collaborate with the international community in the United States, Japan, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Ecuador.

Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias at a glance:

Country: Mexico


  • Baja California
  • Baja California Sur
  • Sonora
  • Sinaloa
  • Nayarit
  • Jalisco
  • Colima
  • Michoacán

Date of Foundation: 1998

Main Focus:

  • Sea turtle conservation

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“We want to sensitize children, to make them self-aware so they can have their own experiences and draw their own conclusions.”


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