At the beginning of the conference, all protection organizations presented their projects and reported on their results. In the 2017 nesting season, a total of 43,500 nests of loggerhead sea turtles were counted in the entire archipelago, more than half of which (23,000 nests) were on Boavista, followed by Sal (7,700 nests) and Maio (5,500 nests). In general, it became apparent that nesting activities on other islands outside Boavista, Sal and Maio have so far often been underestimated and their importance can only recently be acknowledged due to the increasing number of protection initiatives and associated data surveys. Thus, more than 2,000 nests were counted on the small uninhabited archipelago Rombo alone. This underlines even more than before the worldwide importance of the Cape Verde Islands as the third largest nesting area of the loggerhead sea turtle. Overall, nesting activity was above average throughout the archipelago in 2017. As gratifying as this is, this cannot necessarily be regarded as a success of the protective measures, which have only been intensified nationwide in the course of the last decade. The nesting activities of sea turtles are generally subject to natural fluctuations between the years, and in the next few years the number of nests will likely be lower again. Furthermore, the pleasing figures are clouded by over 600 documented cases of poaching, with a much higher number of undiscovered cases to be expected. This shows that the active protection of sea turtles on the Cape Verde islands will be more necessary than ever in the future.