SEE Turtles is an organisation operating sea turtle conservation and volunteer programmes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Six of seven species of sea turtles are endangered due to trade in their eggs, meat, and shells. Since 2008, by unifying on-the-ground efforts to protect sea turtles throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, SEE Turtles has saved 1.7 million hatchlings and educated over 10 million people in preventing turtle shell trade. The program’s three-tier approach is highly replicable: education, training more than 100 teachers and community leaders in turtle hotspots and funding field trips for 2000 students; research, completing Latin America’s first illegal turtle trade report in 15 years identifying 10,000 pieces for sale in eight countries; coordination, creating a coalition of 120 tourism companies and conservation organisations working to end the demand for turtle shell. Successful campaigns include Too Rare to Wear, Billion Baby Turtles, and most recently, Divers for Turtles, to corral the dive industry to act.