Protect Sea Turtles
Estación Biológica el Banco
Located in the community of el Banco on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, Estación Biológica el Banco is a community based biological station. It was established by Asociación Fundaselva de Guatemala and Indigo Expeditions in 2017 to monitor populations of endangered sea turtles. Protecting the nesting beaches is a crucial part of our sea turtle conservation work to ensure the continued survival of sea turtles at el Banco.
Make a Donation
Many sea turtle populations are declining around the world due to loss of nesting beaches, pollution, and the poaching of eggs and adult turtles. Three species of sea turtle nest on these Pacific Coast beaches: olive ridley, leatherback, and the green turtle. Your donation will go towards conservation projects at Estación Biológica el Banco, to protect these endangered species, and ensure their survival for generations to come.
What we do
During the nesting season we monitor female sea turtles as they return to the beach at el Banco to lay their eggs. Each nest can contain up 120 eggs.
beach clean ups
We clean up plastics and other garbage from the beach to keep the environment healthy, and we work with local schools to raise awareness of pollution.
Working with the local community of El Banco, we collect sea turtle eggs and incubate them in hatcheries to help more sea turtle hatchlings survive.
As sea turtle hatchlings are released into the Pacific Ocean daily, we have the opportunity to engage with the public and promote sea turtle conservation.
What Drives Us
At Estación Biológica el Banco we are striving to protect the endangered marine and coastal ecosystems of the Pacific Coast of Guatemala through research and conservation.
Our vision is of a world where people are empowered to protect marine and coastal environments for future generations.
Adopt a turtle or make a donation! Your contributions go to support the work at the Estación and in the local community.
Join a turtle release day and experience the magic of thousands of hatchlings racing to the ocean for the first time.
Daily Sea turtle releases
Daily Sea turtle releases take place nearly every day of the year! The best time to join the community of el Banco when they release sea turtle hatchlings into the ocean is Friday or Saturday around 5pm. Entry by donation.