Installation of interpretive materials to promote protection of leatherback turtles
Grenada has one of the largest nesting populations of critically endangered leatherback turtles in the Caribbean. These sea turtles–the biggest in the world–nest on Levera and Bathway beaches, located in 450-acre Levera National Park along the island’s northern coastline. Thousands of people visit the nesting beaches every year to see the turtles. The influx of visitors has had some unwelcome results such as littering, noise pollution, and physical interference with the animals. In response, the Fisheries Division passed new rules to help protect the habitat and nesting turtles. It has also allocated space in the Levera National Park Office, at Bathway Beach, for an interpretative and staging area for tours and visitors to the park.
Seacology is providing funds to Ocean Spirits, a local NGO, to buy, construct, and install a variety of interpretive display materials. They will be housed at the turtle interpretation center in the park office building. This center will relieve some of the pressures on the beaches, especially during the nesting season.
Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- May 2012
- The center was officially launched September 28, 2011. The brief launch ceremony was attended by a host of government officials, among them the Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, officials...
- Sept 2011
- The activities for this project were completed this month. The project took a bit longer to complete than was originally anticipated, as there were a number unforeseen activities that had to be...