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Jiquilisco Bay

Bahia Jiquilisco is a Biosphere Reserve that protects some of El Salvador's most important natural habitat. Located along the southeast Pacific coast, the reserve protects roughly 400 square kilometers, which includes 50 km of coastline (about 31 miles). 

This bay is one of two major nesting areas for the critically endangered hawksbill turtle in the Eastern Pacific, comprising about 45% of the region's nests. Local researchers have been working since 2008 to protect the turtles in this bay through a combination of an innovative egg collection program, environmental education, and scientific research.

Turtle conservation in Jiquilisco Bay is managed by several organizations, including CODEPA, the Mangrove Association, ICAPO, Ayuda en Accion, and others. 

SEE Turtles raises funds for this program.  To date, we have raised more than $5,000 for hawksbills, helping to save more than 10,000 hatchlings.

For every dollar you donate, we can save 2 hatchlings and 100% of funds will be given to our partners. Learn more about this fundraising program here.

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A hawksbill hatchling at Jiquilisco Bay