Why we need your support
As the population of Sal's Loggerhead turtles keeps growing, Project Biodiversity wants to do the same. In the coming seasons, we want to protect more nesting turtles against poaching and their nests against dog predation, coastal development, and other increasing human-induced threats. With humans and nature on Sal being so inextricably linked, we believe the best way forward is by strengthening Sal's coastal communities to support the conservation of sea turtles on some of the island's most remote coasts.
Pedra de Lume is one of those coastal communities. This small village, well known for its salt mines inside an extinct volcano crater, is surrounded by a nesting beach and is also gateway to most of the nesting beaches on Sal's east coast. One of these beaches, Praia Chano, is the most isolated nesting beach of Sal Island. However, this isolation has not been an advantage, quite the opposite! Poaching there is one of the highest of the whole island.
Since 2015 patrols there have been irregular and always depended on receiving last-minute emergency funds. This has translated to over 187 turtles killed, more than 1 in 4 turtles that went there to lay their eggs.
Fortunately, the growing youth community of Pedra de Lume is ready to step up and take action to protect the
nesting turtles from that side of the island.
And they need our help!