Local June 12, 2019 | 9:06 am

Environment hosts conclave to protect sea turtles

Santo Domingo.- Starting today until June 14 Dominican Republic’s Environment Ministry hosts the Ninth Meeting of the Parties (CO9) of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (IAC).

The convention took effect May 2001, after negotiations and several regional meetings since 1996.

Each state has its own legal framework for the protection of animal and plant species. However, sea turtles do not know borders and usually travel great distances in the oceans.

Newborn turtles embark on one of the most dangerous trips to adult life in nature.

Once they hatch and reach the surface of the sand, they must scramble to the sea to avoid being preyed upon by birds, crabs, ants, dogs, cats and other predators.