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THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW

More than any other time in history, society understands the ways in which we are altering the planet's natural systems and the composition of biodiversity of life on earth. We have a responsibility to act. Out of the 7 subpopulations of the leatherback sea turtle, 4 are critically endangered, 1 is endangered and 2 are data deficient. The Leatherback Project exists to combat the environmental crisis with a specific focus on leatherback conservation and ocean health

Will you join us in protecting this ancient reptile?

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About Us
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Extinction is FOREVER

The Leatherback Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the massive leatherback sea turtle throughout its global range through research, education and advocacy initiatives aimed at mitigating fisheries bycatch, reducing plastic pollution and combating climate change. As sea turtles are flagship species, by studying them and the threats facing their survival, we can open the doors to conversations about the biggest threats facing our oceans today.

Research

We are collaborating with local partners internationally to conduct high-impact research projects

Conservation

Our activities are focused in areas that have the greatest impact for conservation

advocacy

Our work is informing management strategies

outreach

We collaborate with local communities for mutual growth and development in the name of ocean conservation

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Jonah Reenders

Sea Turtle

Our Mission

Restored balance, decreased anthropogenic pressures on overexploited resources and a sustainable future for the world’s ocean ecosystems and coastal habitats, allowing for the recovery of endangered wildlife, like the leatherback sea turtle.

Meet the Team

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Callie Veelenturf

Founder / Executive Director

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Luis Paladines

Projects Coordinator

Ecuador

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Amanda Rocafuerte

Country Director

Ecuador

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Aida (Aidita) Magaña

Community Leader

Pearl Islands Archipelago Mission Blue Hope Spot Champion

Panama

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Nikki Riddy

Director of Impact Media 

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Ariel Cajar

Boat Captain / Ecotourism Guide

Panama

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Wiguidili Crespo

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Panama

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Lineylis (Liz) Rios

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Panama

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Ibdiel Guitierrez

Youth Leader

Panama

Marino Abrego

Research Associate

Liaison - Ministry of

the Environment

Panama

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Government Liaisons & Collaborators

Panama

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Captain Genoveva Forero

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Official Security Liaison

National Air and Navy Service

Panama

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Ramiselia Ramirez

Research Associate

Liaison - Authority of

Aquatic Resources (ARAP)

Panama

Principal International Collaborators

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Karla Barrientos Muñoz

Founder & Director

Fundación Tortugas del Mar

Colombia

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Callie Broaddus

Founder & Director

Reserva

International

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Jeffrey LeBlanc

Founder & President

Mare Nostrum Foundation

Ecuador

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Science Advisors

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Dr. Kate Mansfield

Davis-Shine Endowed Professor of Conservation Biology

University of Central Florida

USA

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Dr. Kara Dodge

Research Scientist 

Anderson Cabot Center 

New England Aquarium

International

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Dr. Bryan Wallace

Founder

Ecolibrium

International

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Conservation

LATEST NEWS

^Watch the CBS News Saturday Morning Feature on the Rights of Nature!^

Panama's Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Nature, Declares Country's Largest Copper Mine Unconstitutional

Credit: Arnulfo Franco
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Credit: Arnulfo Franco

Read the Press Release HERE