|Nesting beach July 2010|
Nesting has halved on areas of Algodoeiro since 2008 while nesting on the beaches Santa Maria has declined from 7% of all nests to only 3% in 2010.
Even more alarming is the fact that 75% of nests had on Algodoeiro had to be moved in 2010 due to the threat of light pollution that would cause disorientation to the hatchlings at birth - this figure was much lower at 26% in 2008. On the east coast only 9% required relocation to the hatchery for this reason.
The results indicate a trend towards turtles moving from established nesting areas to beaches with less disturbance. However these other beaches have lower hatching success rates (such as Serra Negra which is subject to flooding) and higher mortality rates of nesting females as they are unpatrolled (northern beaches and in particular Mont Leão which accounts for 41% of all turtles killed on unpatrolled beaches).
Sadly, the beaches are bright but the future for turtles on Sal is not.
The full report can be read and downloaded here