With the release of more than a hundred hatchling olive ridley turtles, the Mission Ocean program was announced yesterday at 6:30 in the morning, with which the government of President Nayib Bukele seeks to guarantee the care and protection of marine ecosystems in the country.
The release of the turtles took place in Punta Remedios, in the Los Cóbanos Protected Natural Area, in Acajutla, Sonsonate, where the country’s largest reef is located and is considered a breeding beach for four species of turtles, including the olive ridley.
The Minister of the Environment, Fernando López, in charge of announcing the program, indicated that this initiative seeks to protect the wealth of the country’s natural resources, from the mountain ranges to the coastal zone, since both complement each other.
«Océano Mission has the mountain range to coast component. We are not only intervening in our coastal-marine ecosystems, but in the entire area, from the mountains to the coast. With this philosophy, we can intervene in everything that happens inside, we can protect the rivers, the mangroves, and the estuaries, which are the ones that feed our marine ecosystems with water,» said the official.
López added that another of the components of the program is the educational one, with which it seeks, —through the articulated work between the government institutions and other instances—, to generate an environmental culture, in addition to the implementation of legal provisions for the protection of the environment.
These actions also include cleaning days, which will be carried out on all the country’s beaches and will be complemented by the Zero Waste Plan, in which inmates in the trust phase of the national penitentiary system participate.
«It is about becoming aware of the natural treasure that our country has, and let’s take care of it,» said the minister.
The release of the turtles, born in the hatchery on said beach that is managed by residents of the place, adds to the protection of national resources.
During the launch of the program, a diving day was also held to remove the so-called «ghost» nets, which are left behind by fishermen and cause problems for the species.