Turtle Poaching in Salybia

Game wardens and Honorary Game wardens attached to the Wildlife Section of the Forestry Division in a combined effort with the Matura Police station cracked down on the illegal trade and poaching of protected sea turtles at the Salybia Beach, Trinidad.

The officers received information from a reliable source that poachers were capturing and selling turtle meat in the Salybia area. The location was kept under surveillance for 2 days until some illegal activity was identified.

At early morning of Wednesday 13th, 2013, the poachers returned to a location at the Salybia beach where they retrieved a net containing 4 protected sea turtles being the Green turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle...3 still alive and 1 dead.

A sting operation was immediately carried out by the game wardens and the police where it resulted in the apprehension if the poachers and the confiscation of the turtles. A turtle shell, net and a severed head of another turtle were also seized from the poachers.

The 3 offenders were then escorted to the Matura police station where charges were laid against them according to breaches in the Wildlife Conservation act and Fisheries act respectively.

The offenders are to face the court on Thursday 14th, February 2013. Congratulations go out to the hardworking game wardens, forester officers, honorary game wardens and the police who were involved and conducted this exercise.

ALL TURTLES OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ARE DEEMED PROTECTED ACCORDING TO THE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ACT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

We as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago need to respect the value of our flora and fauna and the contribution they make to our environment and to the ecotourism sector of our blessed country.

Set an example to the future generations to come and do not be ignorant to the law. Lets change this savage culture of poaching and destruction and start become the positive change that you want for your country.

Please share this information and sensitize your friends and family of this cruel reality right here in our backyard.

LETS PROTECT NOT ONLY OUR TURTLES BUT ALL PROTECTED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.

Thank you.
Kishan Ramcharan
Forester I
Forestry Division

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