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Turtles: Navigator Report on Turtle Protection in the Caribbean

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Conservation Challenge

The ProtectedSeas Navigator team was asked to generate a custom report comparing turtle protections in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to other Caribbean countries.

The waters of the Caribbean are home to six of the seven species of sea turtles, and is an important area for nesting, feeding, and migrating. Centuries of harvesting sea turtles in the region has caused local extinctions and bolstered efforts to protect these charismatic animals.

Our Solution

Leveraging Navigator’s data, along with additional research conducted by our legal experts, our team analyzed each Caribbean islands’ fishing regulations to find existing restrictions on the harvesting of sea turtles.

Highlights of our findings include:

  • BVI ranks at about 14 out of 22, with protections on turtle nests, nesting females, turtle eggs, as well as leatherback and loggerhead turtles year-round.
  • 11 Caribbean countries offer year-round protection for sea turtles.  In BVI, taking green and hawksbill turtles above the size restriction is allowed for 4 months out of the year (December 1 to March 31).
  • The remaining countries/territories have varying degrees of protection, but all allow take of sea turtles to some extent.

 

Impact

With Navigator data, you can analyze the protection status of a particular species, such as turtles, at a country, regional, national or global scale.

Interested in custom reports? Contact Navigator’s team of experts to learn more about conservation assessments.

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