St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Main Street (PO Box 334)
Basseterre, St. Kitts
Tel: (869) 669-4268
(869) 465-4168 ext 199
Location: Lover’s Beach, Jones Bay, Cades bay to Cotton Ground
Species: Green, Leatherback, Hawksbill
• Determine the numbers and types of turtles nesting on Nevis.
• Assess the threats to sea turtles on the island and involve local communities in sea turtle management.
• Educate the general public regarding sea turtle management.
• Develop an ecotourism product based on sea turtle nesting beach monitoring.
Dr. Karen Eckert
801 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone: (252) 727-1600
2. St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network
Beach Sites: Cayon to Keys, North Friars, Camps
In-Water Sites: Timothy Beach Bay, Ballast Bay, Whitehouse Bay
Species: Leatherback, Hawksbill, Green
• Intensely monitor leatherback and hawksbill nesting beaches
• Act as an advocate for strengthening sea turtle protection laws on St. Kitts
• Eliminate poaching
• Educate the public on sea turtle biology and conservation and get them involved in our project
• Survey hawksbill foraging sites regularly and tag
• Implement a health assessment program for nesting and foraging species
• Set up a training program for scientists, field technicians, and veterinarians on sea turtle triage and rehabilitation
Bräutigam, A. and K. L. Eckert. 2006. Turning the Tide: Exploitation, Trade and Management of Marine Turtles in the Lesser Antilles, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. TRAFFIC International, Cambridge, UK.
St. Kitts & Nevis:
[Taken directly from Fisheries Regulations 1995]
“19. (1) In this regulation –
(a) “turtle” includes the whole or any part of any turtle;
(b) “undersized means a weight less than the weight specified below;
(i) Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) 158.18 Kg (350lbs)
(ii) Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) 81.66 Kg (180 lbs)
(iii) Hawksbill turtle (eretmochelys imbricata) 38.6 Kg (85 lbs)
(iv) Loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta) 72.59 Kg (10 lbs)
(c) “fishery waters” includes the beach.
(2) No person shall –
(a) Disturb, remove from the fishery waters, expose for sale, sell, purchase or at any time have in his possession any turtle eggs;
(b) Remove from the fishery waters, expose for sale, sell, purchase or at any time have in his possession any undersized turtle;
(c) Interfere with any turtle nest, or any turtle that is nesting;
(d) Set within 300 yds of the shores of St. Christopher and Nevis any net or seine or any other device for the purpose of or with the intention of fishing for, catching, or taking any turtle; and
(e) Fish for, remove from the fishery waters, or at any time have in his possession, expose for sale, sell or purchase any turtle between the 28th day of February to the 1st day of October in every year, or as otherwise stated by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette.”
Conservation and Biology. 4(1):191-196.
Eckert, K. L. and T. D. Honebrink. 1992. Sea Turtle Recovery and Action Plan for St. Kitts and Nevis. UNEP Caribbean Environment Program. CEP Technical Report No. 17. 116 pp.
Wilkins, R. and A.B. Meylan. (1984). Western Atlantic Turtle Symposium National Report for Saint Kitts–Nevis. Pp. 364–369. In: P. Bacon et al. (Eds). Proceedings of the Western Atlantic Turtle Symposium, 17–22 July 1983, San José, Costa Rica, III, Appendix 7. University of Miami Press, Florida.
Wilkins, R. and A. Barrett. (1987). National Report for Saint Kitts and Nevis. Prepared for the Second Western Atlantic Turtle Symposium, 11–16 October 1987, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. 25 pp. Unpublished.