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Created in 2017

Estación Biológica el Banco, Pacific Coast, Guatemala

The Station Story

Estación Biológica el Banco was created in 2017 by Asociación Fundaselva de Guatemala and Indigo Expeditions as a joint conservation venture, initially designed to protect sea turtles and their natural habitats.

Inspired by the dedicated sea turtle conservation work that was already being carried out by the community of el Banco, the station provides support for their work at the Tortugario el Banco as well as providing a base for international ecotourism and conservation projects.

Tortugario el banco

For over 25 years, the community of el Banco has been protecting one of the most important nesting beaches for olive ridley sea turtles on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.

Patrolling beaches and rescuing eggs once they have been laid, has enabled them to incubate the eggs in turtle hatcheries known as locally as ‘tortugarios’.

The sea turtle hatchlings are then released into the ocean, giving them a fighting chance of survival to secure the future of sea turtle populations. 

Since 1993

Saving sea turtles for future generations

2021 season

Olive Ridley Releases

2018 Released Hatchlings

2019 released hatchlings

2020 Released Hatchlings

2015 released hatchlings

2016 Released Hatchlings

2017 Released Hatchlings

What Drives Us

Our Mission

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

Our vision is of a world where people are empowered to protect marine and coastal environments for future generations.

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Sea turtles are enigmatic creatures of tropical seas.


Sea turtles form a key component of the marine environment and web of life.


Only 1 in 100 hatchlings survives to adulthood.


 6 of the 7 sea turtle species in the world are in danger of extinction.


Conservation efforts to save these ancient creatures are critical.


The Station Team

Renee Marie B. de Rocasermeño

biological Station Manager

Rowland Griffin

Director of Research

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