P.O. Box 1373, Grand Anse
St. George’s, Grenada
Tel: (473) 442-2341
Cell: (473) 403-4266
Fisheries Officer II
Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries
St. Georges, Grenada
Tel: (473) 440-3831
Location: Levera Beach
Objectives: To quantify the existing population of nesting Leatherback turtles in Grenada. Methods used include saturation tagging and deployment of satellite telemetry equipment to address diving and migratory behaviour. To establish the status of the nesting populations, to identify primary causes of fatality to both adults and nests/hatchlings, and to provide conservations strategies to better protect the species and its habitat.
2. Hawksbill Nesting and Foraging Monitoring Programme
Location: Beaches and Waters surrounding offshore islands off the northeast coast of Grenada
Objectives: To identify and monitor key foraging sites of Hawksbill turtles and to identify primary index beaches of Hawksbill turtles for inclusion in tagging programme. Methodology including flipper tagging for both in water capture and beach monitoring.
3. E.A.R.T.H. – Environmental Academic Resource for Teaching and Higher education
Objectives: Part of education initiative. Ocean Spirits has created a PC based environmental science curriculum for the entire Grenadian education system. The CD includes interactive topics, lesson plans, videos and animations. The second tier of this project is to implement E.A.R.T.H. throughout the school system through the existing structure of school visits and field trips.
4. Sustainable Eco-tourism & Turtle Watching Guide Training
Location: Levera Beach
Objectives: Through the provision of Turtle Watching tours, Ocean Spirits is working hand in hand with local communities, governmental bodies and the Tourism industry to provide sustainable alternative incomes derived from of turtles. Local communities members are trained and employed as turtle guides.
2. Support local community Turtle Watching Tours.
3. Support our programmes by buying a t-shirt.
4. All donations greatfully accepted!
3. New regulation 17 inserted: The Fisheries Regulations are amended by inserting immediately after regulation 16 the following new regulation:
17. (1) No person shall fish for, take, sell, purchase, have in his possession or disturb the nest of any leatherback turtle of any size at any time.
(2) No person shall disturb, take, sell, purchase or have in his possession any turtle eggs.
(3) No person shall fish for, take, sell, purchase or have in his possession any turtle which is not of harvestable size and weight or any part thereof.
(4) No person shall fish for turtle during the closed season for turtles.
(5) No person shall interfere with any turtle nest during the closed season.
(6) The Minister may by notice published in the Gazette and in a newspaper printed or circulated in Grenada prescribe the minimum and maximum harvestable size and weight for any species of turtle other than the leatherback turtle.
(7) The Minister may by Notice published in the Gazette declare any period as a closed season for turtles other than leatherback turtles.”
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Hays, G.C., J.D.R. Houghton, C. Isaacs, R.S. King. C. Lloyd and P. Lovell. (2004b). First records of oceanic dive profiles for Leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, indicate behavioural plasticity associated with long distance migration. Animal Behaviour 67:733–743.
Lloyd, C. and R. King. (2000). Population and regional orientation of Grenada’s endangered sea-turtle stocks: a study to investigate the current status of nesting of Leatherback populations. Prepared for Ocean Spirits, Grande Anse, Grenada. 19 pp. Unpublished.
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