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President Carlos Mauricio Funes Cartagena

The international scientific community has determined that hawksbill sea turtles will soon be driven to extinction in the eastern Pacific if fishing practices causing hawksbill deaths are not eliminated and if nesting beaches are not protected in Jiquilisco Bay, El Salvador.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Government of El Salvador immediately take the steps necessary to eliminate illegal and irresponsible fishing practices in the Jiquilisco Bay, particularly blast fishing, via the creation of specific regulations for artisanal and industrial fisheries, and work with communities to increase the enforcement of existing laws.

We also respectfully request that the Government of El Salvador ensure that the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation abide by its Environmental and Social Standards established under Executive Order 12114, and in so doing prohibit any development that destroys, impacts or displaces hawksbill turtles and their habitat in El Salvador.

We urge the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Government of El Salvador to declare the 100 meters from the maximum high-tide mark landward of hawksbill nesting beaches as “untouchable” protected areas free from commercial development that would forever destroy one of the world’s most important hawksbill nesting sites.

Working together we can ensure the safety and survival of these critically endangered sea turtles, and in doing so, provide a healthy future for the coastal communities in Jiquilisco Bay, El Salvador.

Signed,

Turtle Island Restoration Network

This petition closed 6 months ago

How this will help

Endangered hawksbill sea turtles are being killed in Jiquilisco Bay, El Salvador, by explosives used in the horrible practice of blast fishing. Jiquilisco Bay provides essential foraging...

Endangered hawksbill sea turtles are being killed in Jiquilisco Bay, El Salvador, by explosives used in the horrible practice of blast fishing. Jiquilisco Bay provides essential foraging habitat for juvenile and adult hawksbills and its beaches are some of the most important nesting sites for this species in the world.  

Fewer than 500 nesting hawksbills remain along the entire eastern Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to Peru, with over 40% of these individuals nesting in Jiquilisco Bay in El Salvador. They are one of the most endangered sea turtle populations in the world.

Despite important steps taken by the Government of El Salvador and local communities to protect hawksbills, illegal blast fishing and massive tourist developments threaten their continued existence. The beautiful and diverse habitat of Jiquilisco Bay is recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a Biosphere Reserve. The FOMILENIO II project plans to develop the coast of El Salvador, specifically targeting Jiquilisco Bay for large-scale tourism, and is spearheaded by U.S. federal funding.

Take action now to halt blast fishing and nesting beach destruction in El Salvador to save endangered hawksbill sea turtles.

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