Fighting Developers to Preserve Marine Ecosystems in Puerto Rico

The Fight to Protect Our Fragile, Damaged, Marine Ecosystems

Everyone knows that turtles are in danger of losing nesting grounds all over the world. Here in Puerto Rico, we can still save one, and the community is coming together to try to get it done.

Everyone knows that turtles are in danger of losing nesting grounds all over the world. Here in Puerto Rico, we can still save one, and the community is coming together to try to get it done.

Aerial view of the area of proposed development in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. This is a turtle nesting ground and supports many small species.

Aerial view of the area of proposed development in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. This is a turtle nesting ground and supports many small species.

We have to work as a community to stop the development of our fragile marine eco-systems in Puerto Rico. We are already losing wildlife at an alarming rate. Our shores are polluted and there aren’t many options left for turtles, nor their friends. The group Proyecto Tinglar de Luquillo is working to protect an area that is critical for small species, and the health of our ocean.

Much more information is provided below, as well as on their Facebook Group, Proyecto Tinglar de Luquillo.

We have the opportunity to act. Puerto Rico is popular for developers right now because land can be acquired cheaply, or even slightly illegally, often times due to Puerto Rican family hardships. I’m horrified every time I drive by a lot that has been clear cut to put in a new house. There are thousands of houses in Puerto Rico that could be remodeled, many of them in amazing places that are already blended with nature. We don’t need the few special places we have to be torn down for condos.

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The waters at Luquillo beach are still pristine in this area. It is a wonderful place to snorkel and enjoy the underwater sea grasses and sandy shelves. So many critters live down there, it’s amazing.

Naguabo, Puerto Rico - A developer destroyed the natural habitat and turned a healthy watershed into mud where nothing could live

Naguabo, Puerto Rico - A developer destroyed the natural habitat and turned a healthy watershed into mud where nothing could live

We watched in 2018 when a developer bought the lots with coastline behind our house. They took it from a wonderful jungle with geckos, frogs, hermit crabs, iguanas, and countless other wildlife, and insects and turned it into a wasteland by destroying every inch of natural habitat. It was heart-wrenching to watch, but worse, the animals that scrambled to run away got hit on the road or killed by the bulldozers as they took down trees and cut the ground to mud.

Before the developers

Before the developers

After the developers

After the developers