Operation Jairo is Sea Shepherd’s campaign to protect the world’s endangered sea turtles.
Sea Turtles are some of the oldest living creatures on earth and have called our oceans “home,” for over 500 million years. Of the seven species of sea turtles that exist, six are currently on the red list of endangered species. They are threatened by human interactions including pollution, coastal development, fishing gear, and poaching. Due to these threats, there has been an alarming decline in sea turtle populations around the world.
Since 2014, Sea Shepherd has conducted sea turtle protection campaigns at remote beaches around the world, helping defend mother sea turtles and their eggs from poaching. These locations include Costa Rica, Honduras, Florida, Antigua, Barbuda, and Nicaragua. Our efforts have saved the lives of thousands of turtles from a variety of species including Hawksbill, Green, Olive Ridley, and Leatherback.
Operation Jairo honors the life and work of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a Costa Rican turtle defender. Jairo was brutally murdered on May 31, 2013 while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests. Our campaign continues his legacy, as we defend sea turtles in Nicaragua this Summer.