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The Directorate of the Galapagos National Park (GNPD) installed two monitoring camps to closely monitor the start of the nesting season of sea turtles in the Galapagos Reserve, reported this Monday, February 22, 2016, the official digital portal El Ciudadano. According to the Ministry of the Environment, this year, the park rangers and volunteers of the GNPD will record the number of turtles, nests and reproduction effectiveness of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In addition, they will measure the effect that the El Niño phenomenon produces on this species, within the monitoring program for the 2016 season.
The park ranger Eduardo Espinoza, assured that the El Niño event affects all organisms in the sea and sea turtles are reptiles that depend on atmospheric conditions to nest. With this monitoring and the support of groups of volunteers from the GNPD between locals, nationals and foreigners, the environmental authority hopes to measure the climatic effects on this species that is on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN ). The monitoring procedures for this and other marine species have been unified in all protected areas of the country, indicated the Citizen. "Sea turtles are important as an emblematic species and the Ecuadorian government has implemented an action plan to protect them at the national level," Espinoza recalled.
EL COMERCIO newspaper