Forestry Officials on Hunt for Turtle Poacher
A small crowd gathered at the Roseau Fisheries Complex on the afternoon of Friday May 16th 2014, as Forestry and Fisheries officials unloaded the carcass of a leather back turtle – the largest species of turtles found in the world.
According to a Forestry official, who chose to remain anonymous, the turtle which weighed 707 pounds, was discovered on a beach in Castle Bruce this morning and transported to Roseau.
He noted, the flippers were severed the remainder of the turtle was left on the beach perhaps because of the size of the turtle and the high risk of being caught.
Turtles are on the endangered species list.
“We have not found the person or persons as yet, but investigations are underway,” he stated.
The turtle came ashore to lay its eggs before going back out to sea, however its life was cut short by the hands of a poacher.
“It is difficult to mask the fresh scent of turtle meat being cooked, so if there is anyone in Castle Bruce and or environs who have information about this, they are asked to contact the Forestry Division or the Castle Bruce Police Station”.
The turtle was cut open by Fishery personnel, following which the fertile eggs were extracted and will be buried on a beach for hatching.
One can face a fine of $600 or imprisonment of 6 months if found guilty of turtle poaching.