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. Every year thousands of people visit the nesting beaches, along the island’s northern coastline, 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 house the materials 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.