PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, 10th July, 2015 personnel of Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa with the support of the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Area Network (ECMMAN) Project through a local community partner facilitated the release of thirty two Hawksbilll Turtle hatchlings from the beach alongside the hotel’s property.
The release occurred just after 6:00 pm at a time when risks to the hatchlings would be minimized thus increasing their chances of survival. The hatchlings which were released had been rescued during the earlier hours of the day after they became disoriented after surfacing from their nest.
The release was used as an educational opportunity for hotel guests who were provided with information on the efforts of local authorities and Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa to protect and manage the turtle wildlife and habitat.
The release of the hatchlings was witnessed by an enthusiastic group of over One Hundred (100) Guests. On Saturday and Sunday smaller releases of three (3) and one (1) hatchling respectively were also staged as well.
The hotel has worked closely with local authorities in monitoring and documenting turtle nesting activity and providing protection for same over the years.
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa is proud of its efforts in this regard and is committed to supporting the efforts of local authorities in the protection of our wildlife and natural resources which serve as assets and attractions for the tourism industry.