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 Pacsafe Turtle Fund

At Pacsafe, the sea turtle symbolises the intrepid, global traveller. We are committed to supporting a world with healthy oceans and coastlines where all marine turtles, can travel and flourish in a safe environment. The Pacsafe Turtle Fund was launched in 2014 with the aim of supporting the conservation efforts of endangered sea turtles globally by providing annual grants to sea turtle conservation projects. 

In 2016, the fund is continuing towards its vision. Pacsafe funds will go towards two of Te Mana O Te Moana’s programs – the Turtle Clinic and the Green Turtle Nesting Program in French Polynesia. Both programs aim to protect & rehabilitate ICUN endangered sea turtles. We will also continue our support for The Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtle program. We will also continue our support for The Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtle program.

One of our 2015 projects, the Río Oro Project, was undertaken by the Corcovado Foundation – a Costa Rican not-for-profit volunteering and conservation organisation. The program saw some amazing progress made when it comes to egg poaching in the area – with 1.4% of nests poached at the end of the season, compared with over 30% in the past. That’s a lot of baby turtles that have lived to make the crawl to the Pacific Ocean! 


The Pacsafe Turtle Fund new 2016 Projects

 

Te mana o te morana. Turtle Clinic & Green Turtle Nesting Programs

Te mana o te moana is a not-for-profit organisation that has been working to protect the sea turtles of French Polynesia since 2004. The organisation’s objective is to preserve the surrounding marine environment for future generations – through conservation, education and research. 

Two of Te mana o te moana’s current programs will receive Pacsafe funds – the Turtle Clinic and the Green Turtle Nesting Program. Both of these programs work towards the protection and rehabilitation of ICUN endangered sea turtles (including the Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and Leatherback).

The funding will contribute towards a variety of requiremens that includes:

  • Medical equipment
  • Building a new pool and protecting and relocating nests
  • Research and data collection
  • Educational booklets and videos.
On Polynesian Turtle Day – April 14th this year – Te mana o te moana released their 193rd turtle – a juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) named Rob, in honour of one of Pacsafe’s founders. Little Rob was the last of 54 hatchlings born in November 2014 on a Moorea islet – a significant event, as no green turtle nesting had occurred in Moorea in over 10 years prior to this.
 
 Watch Rob's release:
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Sea Turtle Conservancy. Tour de Turtles 

Pacsafe has joined forces again with one of the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation organisations – The Sea Turtle Conservancy – whose key aim is to protect and recover sea turtle populations in U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. Pacsafe will once again be sponsoring their Tour de Turtles Education Program which is part of their public outreach program which has been running for the past 7 years. The Tour de Turtles Migration program was started in 2008 as an educational component to STC's ongoing satellite-tracking of sea turtles and monitors hawksbills in Nevis, leatherbacks in two areas in Panama, green turtles in Tortuguero, Costa Rica and juvenile greens in Bermuda. The turtles "race" is a 3-month migration marathon which will: 

  1. Garner a better understanding of migration routes and foraging grounds
  2. Improve local community outreach in three different locations: Nevis, Costa Rica, Panama. The annual turtle race launch attracts thousands of people
  3. Educate the public about sea turtles through the Tour de Turtles website, free multimedia resources, online maps, games, educational activities and lesson plans. Education is an important tool in the conservation of sea turtles because so many of the threats they face are man-made.
  4. Deploy satellite transmitters on post-nesting adult females in Panama, Costa Rica, Nevis and Florida. 

 How the Pacsafe Turtle Fund Works

How to Apply for Funding

The Pacsafe Turtle Fund was launched this May, 2014 with the aim of donating funds annually to projects around the world that conserve the most endangered turtle species on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list, such as the leatherback, loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles.

Seeing some of these critically endangered species come off the IUCN red list is part of Pacsafe’s long-term vision and we’re committed to a world with healthy oceans and coastlines where all marine turtles, can travel and flourish in a safe, secure and clean environment.

Non-profit sea turtle organisations can apply to us for grants and funds to help support the conservation of sea turtles in their country. Projects are selected at the sole discretion of the Pacsafe Management Team who also reserves the right to seek advice from outside field experts.

Applications for 2017 funding will run from 1st August to 30th September, 2016.

For a project criteria checklist and application form, please contact us.

Pacsafe Turtle Fund News and Archive:

  1. 2014 Turle Fund Project: EOCA and LAST
  2. 2014 December EOCA and LAST Project update
  3. 2015 Turtle Fund Projects:Corcovado,Sea Turtle Conservancy,Pro Fauna Baja