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The leatherback turtle is the oldest and largest turtle living in our oceans and is an important part of our ecosystem.
Leatherback turtles can be found in tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea.
The trade of turtle eggs, although now illegal, remains the most significant threat to marine turtles.
Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Marine Turtle Conservation Programme has conserved marine turtles in Nicaragua since 2002. Several important leatherback nesting beaches are located along the country’s coast.
Through the conservation of leatherback turtle nesting beaches, designing and improving tools for sea turtle conservation and by building environmental awareness, FFI is slowly but definitely changing the tide.
Photo credits: Projeto Tamar Brazil/Marine Photobank, Perla Torres Gago/ FFI