The coast of the Marine Reserve in Isla Verde has been chosen by the Environmental Quality Board and the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources to begin an orientation project on light pollution and the process of changing lamps and lights that project onto the beach. Students of the Polytechnic Institute of Worcester, Massachussetts. They have carried out a study on this situation in Isla Verde and it will be the beginning of a transformation of the night on our beach.
We thank the Environmental Quality Board, especially José Alicea Pou, Nitza Marrero and Miriam Ortiz, Astrid Green, Hiram Cruz and Carlos Diez from the DRNA who have educated us on the subject. We also thank the administrations of hotels and condominiums in the area that have collaborated to correct the problem of light pollution, joining the night-time transformation of metropolitan beaches.
Artificial lights on the beach affect the nesting of the sheds and their hatchlings when they hatch. On the Isla Verde beach (east), the night beach is now another and we can already see the stars. We are starting.
We thank the Environmental Quality Board, especially José Alicea Pou, Nitza Marrero, Miriam Ortíz and Carlos Diez, DRNA who have educated us on the subject. Arrecifes Pro Ciudad participates in the Light Pollution Advisory Council.
A special thanks to the New England Worcester Polithecnic students for the study and inventory on light pollution in Isla Verde. Artificial lights on the beach affect the nesting of the sheds and their hatchlings when they hatch.
As can be seen in the second photo, the nest is in front of the lights of the Intercontinental Hotel.
Tina Tinglar's manual is used in orientation meetings with neighbors.
We thank the administration and residents of the Playa Dorada Condominium who by painting the balloons towards the beach solved the problem in an economical and effective way. Thank you very much Playa Dorada!
The turtles are guided by the light of the stars, the horizon or the white foam when the wave breaks. The main problem that we have in these urban beaches is light pollution that despite the fact that there is a Law No. 218 and Regulation # 20 of Class 8 Beach (nesting), fines are not complied with or processed. Recognizing compliant properties is great, but fines for non-compliant must also be processed. Our thanks to Nitza Marrero for her commitment to protecting the turtles that come to nest on our beaches.