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GIS – A nesting hawksbill turtle was found slaughtered last week. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 for each offence.
The Saint Lucia National Trust is working together with the Department of Fisheries, the Marine Police Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in response to the slaughter of a nesting hawksbill turtle.
The incident occurred last week and comes during the closed season for turtle hunting. It was reported by beach security staff to the National Trust’s sea turtle monitoring team which regularly patrols the beaches of Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area along the south-east coast.
“ The protection of critically endangered sea turtles is a high priority within the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area,” said Craig Henry, Program Officer for the National Trust. “For the last two years we’ve been working with partners in other government agencies, in the Police Force, the private sector and the community to ensure that sea turtles can nest safely on our shores. With the closed season for turtles extending from January 1 to September 30, we are right in the middle of the most important time for sea turtle nesting.”
Under the regulations in force, The National Trust is appealing to the general public to support conservation efforts to protect sea turtles island-wide.