Habitat Conservation Plan
In an effort to protect the endangered sea turtles that make the Palmas coastal area their favorite nesting habitat, Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association (PHA) in coordination with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (FWS) agreed upon a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) many years ago. The sea turtles are protected by the Endangered Species Act and any action that adversely affects them is punishable by federal law. With that in mind please be extremely careful should you observe or encounter any type of sea turtle activity including an eclosion or the birth of new sea turtles. Your first reaction should be to stay away and to keep others at a prudent distance from the activity and notify PHA Security at 787-852-7745 immediately. Should the turtle or the new- born hatchlings be in danger, you should include this information in your initial call. DNR or security trained personnel will advise you as to the actions you may take under those circumstances.
An information booth with the latest HCP information is located at the beach near the old Beach Bohio location. Interested in becoming involved in this program? All Amarylis Alcina at 787-462-2211.