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New law to protect Puerto Rico leatherback turtles

April 14, 2013
"Today this important, highly ecologically valuable resource is being protected forever... History is being made,"
- Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla

Puerto Rico has introduced a new law protecting a swathe of the island's coast that has become a major nesting site for the world's largest turtle, the leatherback.

The Northeast Ecological Corridor comprises 14 sq km (5.4 sq miles) of the island's coast.

The law ends a 15-year battle which pitted developers against green activists and several celebrities.

Leatherback turtles are a highly endangered species.

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