Related GLA Programs: Costa Rica: The Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™, Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Initiative™
Grant Recipient: Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina (ASTOP)
Asociacion Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina is a community run non profit based in Parismina, Costa Rica. ASTOP is a conservation organization dedicated to protecting sea turtles and their eggs from poaching. Four different species of sea turtles (green, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead) nest on the beaches of Parismina, all are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. ASTOP was formed in April of 2001 by local residents in conjunction with the Costa Rica Coast Guard.