Management of Coconut Bay Resort concerned over slaughter of sea turtles

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Management of Coconut Bay Resort concerned over slaughter of sea turtles
Staff Member deposits dis-oriented hatchlings near water’s edge while curious visitors look on.
Staff member deposits dis-oriented hatchlings near water’s edge while curious visitors look on.

PRESS RELEASE – Coconut Bay Beach Resort and SPA would like to record its concern over recent reported incidents of sea turtles being slaughtered by poachers on our island’s beaches.

Hotel Manager Mark Hawken explains that the prevalence of such incidents could cast a bad light on the image of the island as a tourism destination and present a negative perception on our efforts as a nation with respect to resource management and environmental conservation generally.

Coconut Bay over the past nine years has managed a programme geared towards the protection of nesting turtles and hatchlings on the beaches along the hotel. This involves the monitoring of the beaches and coastal areas during the nesting season, completion and return of monitoring forms provided by Fisheries Department, employing conservation measures and training and sensitization of staff as well as visitors.

Hotel Health & Safety Manager Gibbs Bakie explains that as recent as March of this year a training session for staff members was conducted by Personnel from the Department of Fisheries on the identification and management of sea turtles.

He also recounts the experience of staff having to assist the entry of hundreds of turtle hatchlings into the sea between the months of September to October last year, 2013.

According to Bakie: “At Coconut Bay we are proud of our record in nurturing and protecting the survival and reproduction of Sea Turtle, we do hope that our example can serve as a positive reference for all.”

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  1. I am not sure if there are any fines for people buying turtle meat out of season. If there are no fines, it should be under consideration. I remember just before I left home, there was a big campaign to educate the public about the diminishing numbers of the national parrot. I remember the guys from Agriculture coming to my school to talk about the threats that exist and what we could do about them. This was a highly successful effort. A campaign like this needs to be replicated to end the useless slaughter of turtles and to preserve the island's reputation. Those idiots engaged in the slaughter need to be publicly shamed. They know what they are doing is wrong on so many levels. Thanks Coconut Bay for your continuing work.

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