Turtles

Fisherman held with six protected turtles

An Ica­cos fish­er­man held with six adult tor­tois­es is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in the Point Fortin Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day.

The yel­low-foot­ed tor­tois­es, al­so known as the Brazil­ian gi­ant tor­toise, were found in a cro­cus bag in the truck of a ve­hi­cle en route to San­gre Grande.

Act­ing on in­for­ma­tion, around 7.45 pm of­fi­cers of the La Brea Po­lice Sta­tion stopped a sil­ver wag­on along the South­ern Main Road, near the Rousil­lac Pres­by­ter­ian School. There were four oc­cu­pants in the wag­on, in­clud­ing the fish­er­man who was in the back seat.

EMA warns of $100,000 fine and prison term for the fools still doing this to endangered turtles

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it "strongly condemns" the ill-treatment of a leatherback turtle, an environmentally sensitive species, as shared recently via video post on Facebook.

The post made by a concerned individual shows a few persons harassing a leatherback turtle attempting to return to sea.

The EMA is appealing to citizens to refrain from harming environmentally sensitive species such as the turtle featured on the video, and all wildlife in general.