SOS Tartarugas works in Cape Verde protecting nesting loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta) and their habitat. Cape Verde is the third most important nesting area for loggerheads in the world. Turtles are at risk from hunting for meat, stealing of eggs, removal of sand for building and unregulated tourism development. Our email is
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Project Vito forced to stop working on Fogo beach

One of our colleagues, Silvana Roque, who heads up the turtle conservation project on Fogo, has been forced to admit defeat on one of the main turtle nesting beaches.

Asemana report on Fogo sand mining

Sadly, the President of the Camara Municipal has authorised sand extraction and forty lorries a day are reported to visit the beach every day to destroy this vital habitat.  This is, of course,  against the law.   The President has also chosen to publicly attack the work done by Project Vito and to post guards on the beach to prevent turtles coming ashore.

In the face of this opposition, Silvana has decided to direct her attention to the other beaches on Fogo.  It seems that no one in government or law enforcement is prepared to stop this gross and immoral breach of the law, including the Minister for the Environment who was recently in Fogo.

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