Protector Turtle

ProTECTOR Inc. is an organization with the goal of expanding our understanding of sea turtle biology and ecology through research, in the country of Honduras.

The organization was formed because we recognized that there is great need for research on sea turtles in the region and that research, linked with educational outreach and community involvement, can strongly influence management decisions about these valuable marine residents.

To do this, ProTECTOR Inc.oversees the establishment, continuance and completion of numerous sea turtle research and outreach projects in Honduras, with the aim of facilitating better decision-making for marine area management, as well as awareness of sea turtles on the part of both local residents and the visiting public.

Projects include the Turtle Awareness and Protection Studies (TAPS), which is tracking juvenile turtles along the coast of Roatan. TAPS also provides opportunities for public support of this research through the Turtle Adoption Program. Other projects include satellite tracking (SatTrack), the development of a national Nesting Beach Monitoring Network (NBMN), Health Monitoring of Captive Sea Turtles (HeMoCaST) and a series of Honduras Sea Turtle Active Research workshops (HSTAR).

Our office is currently located at:

c/o 11065 Griggs Hall
Loma Linda, California, 92350
Phone: (909) 558-1000, ext. 48903
Fax: (909) 558-0259

To ensure the conservation, protection and management of all sea turtle species found in the waters of Central and North America, with special emphasis on Honduras, through educational outreach, ongoing training, and scientific research.


We envision the waters of Honduras as places where sea turtles and all marine life are valued as essential, integrated units of biodiversity, protected by national and international communities and enjoyed by residents and visitors.

Board of Directors

Click here to read more about the ProTECTOR board members.


For more information contact:

Dr. Stephen G. Dunbar (Founder and President) at or

Lidia Salinas (Honduras Country Director) at

ProTECTOR Inc. is a proud member of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), whose support of the research and conservation efforts of ProTECTOR Inc. in Honduras have done much to facilitate our success. Find out more about WIDECAST here and about WIDECAST Honduras here.
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