Target: Prince Charles of Wales and the Marine Conservation Society
Goal: Thank the fisherman, conservationists, and charities for helping save the hawksbill turtle population
The hawksbill turtles off the coast of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean are about to see a brighter future thanks to the fishery authorities signing off on the suggestions of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The society’s research led them to discover that up to seven hundred hawksbill turtles are legally trapped by the turtle fishery in the Caribbean islands each year.
This has resulted in a huge decline in the number of turtles on the islands. When the Turks and Caicos Turtle Project heard about this, they felt that they needed to do something to stop the capture of these turtles. With the help of the MCS and partners of the Department of Environment Maritime Affairs, the project has set out to find better protection for the vital breeding hawksbill turtles in the region.
The Marine Conservation Society reported that its collaboration with the different fishing departments has seen much success and improvement. One of the changes that have already been implemented is improved limitation on the size of turtles that can be caught. This will allow for older turtles to breed without worries of being caught. Although this is a small first step, they are hoping that this will add to the recovery of the turtle population, which has sadly declined in recent years. This isn’t the end of their plans to save these turtles. The turtle project plans to continue to keep growing a viable fishery management plan for the islands’ government to start using.
Dear Prince Charles of Wales and the Marine Conservation Society,
Your charity has worked extremely hard to get the hawksbill turtle population increasing again. Over the years, overfishing has caused their species to decline because the adult turtles never get a chance to breed, but now that it is illegal for the fishermen to catch adult turtles, they will finally get their chance. This new law will help the adult population of hawksbill turtles, but hopefully in the next couple of years there will be a law that will help conserve the rest of the population, as well.
The work and research that this team has put in to helping the turtles is fully recognized and appreciated. All of the hours put into finding the root of the problem is hard enough, but getting all of the conservation groups together made it a sure fire plan. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to this conservation project.
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