J Nichols of the Ocean Conservancy and Ocean Revolution is a hero for the environment. He works with fishermen off Baja California to spread the word about sea turtle conservation. One of the problems he faces is the Mexican tradition of consuming sea turtles and their eggs during Lent. We covered the story last year concluding that if the Pope won’t save sea turtles, supermodel Dorismar will. She’s willing to try, anyway.
This Easter, J blogs about the ongoing problems for sea turtles off Baja in a post called Easter Ocean. Go check it out. An excerpt is below.
“Easter season can … be rough for turtles. Around the world it’s the time when people travel to the coast to vacation and dine on sea turtle eggs and turtle soup. The tradition stems from the Lenten tradition of forgoing red meat for seafood. Technically, sea turtles ARE red meat. Alas, they’ve been included on the Easter Week menu anyhow.
The result is that thousands of turtles and turtle eggs perish during the days called Semana Santa or Holy Week when the demand for seafood throughout Latin America peaks.
Since 2002 we have petitioned the Vatican, lobbied the Pope (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict) and appealed to local priests and parishioners to give turtles a break. Our argument has been based less on phylogenetic clarification than conservation urgency, as turtle eating during Lent is a big contributor to the endangered status of sea turtles worldwide.”