Department of Fisheries issues stern reminder about sea turtles nesting period

By Department of Fisheries

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Capturing a Hawksbill Turtle is allowed during this season.

A Hawksbill Turtle.

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Fisheries informs the public of the sea turtle nesting period from March 01 to November 30, 2016. Members of the public are reminded that no one should interfere with any nesting sea turtle.

In an effort to ensure the survival of the sea turtle population, anyone who notices a nesting sea turtle should adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Stay well out of sight;
  1. Avoid using lights;
  1. Do not handle or touch the eggs;
  1. Keep all pets away, especially dogs.

The public is further advised that any interference with sea turtles during the nesting period is prohibited. Anyone caught interfering with nesting sea turtles or in possession of sea turtle meat or eggs is liable to a maximum of fine EC$5000.00.

The public is encouraged to contact the Department of Fisheries for more information and report all observations of sea turtle nesting activity by calling telephone number 468-4135 or 725-1722.

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