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Crop protection product supplier contributes to protection of turtles

Last week the Stockton Company, which specializes in the development and marketing of botanical-based biopesticides, visited the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation in the Dominican Republic during an annual company conference, where a vast majority of Stockton’s employees had the privilege of taking part in a project to save endangered sea turtles that nest on the island. 

During the visit to the Foundation, they learned about the life cycle of a sea turtle and the challenges it faces to survive, from an egg to the sea, preyed upon by dogs, raccoons, sea birds, crabs, lizards, carnivorous fish - even human turtle poachers. The sea turtle population is overfished and sold for consumption as a delicacy, as well as for souvenirs and for art crafts. Unfortunately, all of these factors and many others have put the sea turtle population at risk of extinction.



The beaches in Punta Cana are lit and monitored by the PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation during the nesting season, so that the eggs and turtles won't be disturbed during this time. The Foundation educates the local community so that they will understand and protect the nests, and teaches them the economic benefits of a live versus a dead turtle in order to eliminate illegal trading.

“We were so mesmerized by the amazing work PUNTACANA Ecological Foundation is doing, that we felt that we needed to give our time and talent back to this community in which we serve,” explained Guy Elitzur, CEO of Stockton. “As part of Stockton’s continued efforts for a safer, better and more sustainable environment, our employees volunteered to assist in a sea turtle conservation project at the Foundation by planting sea plants to ensure that these beautiful sea turtles have a safe place to nest and feed.”

Stockton is dedicated to moving towards a better more sustainable world by delivering eco-friendly, reliable and efficient products. Preserving and protecting the environment and supporting communities where we do business with community service, sponsorships, health and wellbeing, and environmental performance.
 
For more information: www.stockton-ag.com

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