WILDCOAST – A voice for the coast and the ocean


Sea turtles nest along the sandy beaches and forage amongst the lush seagrass beds and vibrant coral reefs in many areas WILDCOAST is working to conserve.

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Mexico's Most Important Sea Turtle Nesting Beach

Morro Ayuta is a 9 mile stretch of beach on Mexico's Oaxacan coast where more than 1 million Olive Ridley sea turtle's laid 90 million eggs producing 30 million hatchlings during the nesting season.

Image Credit: Claudio Contreras-Koob

Coastal development, pollution, poaching, disasters such as oil spills, and climate change pose tremendous threats to sea turtle populations worldwide.

WILDCOAST is providing trainings and workshops for park rangers, tourism outfitters and local communities, protecting nesting beaches through federal zone concessions and working to establish new protected areas that are critical to sea turtles’ survival.


We protect sea turtle nesting beaches in
the Mexican Pacific through federal zone
concessions, monitoring, scarab beetle
control and community outreach
and engagement.

Image Credit: Claudio Contreras


To protect critical sea turtle habitat, we
work in partnership with the
National Mexican Turtle Center, Mexico’s
National Commission for Protected
Natural Areas (CONANP) and local

Image Credit: Claudio Contreras

Our Impact


miles of sea turtle nesting beaches protected through federal zone concessions along Mexico’s Pacific coast


increase in sea turtle hatchling survival on Morro Ayuta beach


miles of Oaxaca’s nesting beaches protected by implementing Oil Spill Readiness Response


arribadas monitored during Morro Ayuta’s 2016/17 nesting season


local youth educated on sea turtle conservation


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More of our work


Coral reefs play an important role in sustaining our oceans and global economies. WILDCOAST is working to conserve coral reefs throughout Mexico and Cuba by establishing protected areas and promoting reef stewardship and education.
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The gray whale winters and breeds in Baja’s warm, pristine lagoons—an area threatened by industrial development. Together with the local government and conservation groups, WILDCOAST is defending this vital shoreline.
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As global temperatures rise, sea levels are climbing. In partnership with Mexico’s National Commission for Protected Natural Areas, WILDCOAST is helping conserve thousands of acres of carbon-storing mangroves in northwest Mexico.
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