Conservation information center at Keys Beach
St. Kitts, one of two islands in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, is home to 34,930 people in an area of 261 square kilometers. Several populations of sea turtles–among the world’s most endangered species–use the island’s sandy beaches for nesting. Preserving these nesting beaches is vitally important, because female turtles typically return to the beach of their birth to lay their eggs. The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) is a local organization that works to protect sea turtles and their habitats, including nesting beaches. It focuses on critically endangered leatherback and hawksbill turtles and the endangered green turtle.
SKSTMN has several conservation efforts underway, including an annual Sea Turtle Camp for youth, ecotourism programs, and regular beach cleanups. It also started a “bottle beads” program, which trains local entrepreneurs to make jewelry from glass collected on nesting beaches. Proceeds are used to further sea turtle conservation. Seacology partnered with SKSTMN in the bottle beads program.
Seacology is again joining with SKSTMN to establish a conservation information center at Keys Beach. A long-term goal of SKSTMN, the center will give both visitors and locals valuable information about sea turtles, the coastal ecosystem, and the importance of conservation. The center will also be a resource for teachers and school groups, provide shelter for researchers and tour guides, and serve as a showcase for the bottle beads merchandise. Seacology is funding construction of the center, which will use low-impact building materials and methods.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- January 2017
- Construction of the interpretive center is ready to begin, and a contractor has been hired. The structural work and roof will be done first so that the building can be used during the coming...
- May 2016
- The four shipping containers that will be used for the building are on their way to St. Kitts and expected to arrive soon, according to Seacology Field Representative Mykl Clovis Fuller. The...
- January 2016
- After a mid-2015 survey of the plot where the building will be constructed, the Department of Sustainable Development requested another survey, for a smaller plot. The Department approved it in...
- May 2015
- After long bureaucratic delays, full government approval has been given to the project concept, and the survey department has since made site visits to demarcate the boundaries of the plot on...
- January 2007
- Groundbreaking for the project will take place in January, with the project slated for completion by June 2012.