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Saint Lucia National Report. Background FMP: sustainable use; self sufficiency, food security through appropriate management Integrated and collaborative management Policy: manage turtle resources sustainably to permit long-term availability and benefits for Saint Lucians

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Saint Lucia National Report

Background

  • FMP: sustainable use; self sufficiency, food security through appropriate management

  • Integrated and collaborative management

  • Policy: manage turtle resources sustainably to permit long-term availability and benefits for Saint Lucians

  • 4 species: hawksbill, green, leatherback, and reports of loggerhead


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Management Plan for Turtles -

Objectives:

  • restoration of populations

  • sustainable use of the resource

  • equitable sharing of benefits


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  • Used for meat, eggs, shells

  • Eggs, nesting females, undersized protected by law since 1976

  • 1996: moratorium on capture initiated; replaces March-Sept close season

  • external issues include habitat decline, illegal harvest of eggs, nesting females and foraging adults, enforcement limitations


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Key Initiatives:

  • enforcement training and collaborative ventures (police, coast guard, Marine Management Areas and fisheries)

  • CITES sensitization workshop

  • nature-heritage project (US$13,000) for community-based turtle watch programme for tourists and locals


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  • Marine Management Areas (MMAs) as collaborative means for sustainable resource use and conflict resolution

  • Limited entry/gear authorisation systems being put in place for coastal fisheries

  • Sensitization of hotels re: measuresto minimise disturbance factors

  • Participation in regional fora and training


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Hawksbill

  • mainly nests along the west and south east coasts

  • shell was traded and more recently sold to tourists

  • hotel / urban development on west coast impacts on nesting : government establishing stricter development laws and a coastal zone unit to better control nearshore development


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  • Fishers/coastal boaters reporting increased occurrence over past years

  • Traditional turtle fishers frustrated by moratorium and open season which neighbouring fishers enjoy

  • Curbing illegal egg removal /killing of nesting females critical for resource recovery efforts

  • national turtle project developed and funding being sought


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