Carriacou Island

June 2017

Conservation benefit: Mangrove replanting in 19-acre area, conservation of mangroves and sea turtle nesting habitat for 10 years

Community benefit: Materials and training for women’s cooperative

The island of Carriacou, in the eastern Caribbean, is known for its builders who craft wooden sailing ships using designs that have changed little in two centuries. It is also home to some of the largest mangrove ecosystems in Grenada and nesting leatherback, hawksbill, green, and loggerhead turtles.

The turtles’ fate is tied to the mangrove forests on Carriacou, which have been damaged by hurricanes, dredging, and cutting for charcoal production. This project would expand a replanting effort begun by a local NGO, the YWF-Kido Foundation. Working with a wetlands biologist from the States since 1994, the foundation has restored more than 25 acres of mangroves.

Islanders from four communities (Windward, Dover, L’Esterre, and Hillsborough) will replant 19 acres over three years. For at least 10 years, trained community members will monitor Petit Carénage nightly during turtle nesting season, patrolling the beach and the mangroves. Volunteers prevent poaching of turtle eggs or adults, help disoriented turtles, and remove debris that could entangle hatchlings.

A Seacology grant will help women who have started a cooperative to make tote bags and other items from post-consumer materials. They will get training in finishing, labeling, and pricing items; buy raw materials; and open a small store at a ferry dock.

Project Updates
May 2019
During the 2018 sea turtle nesting season (March to November), members of our nonprofit partner recorded 94 confirmed nests, 169 unconfirmed nests, and almost 100 instances of females coming up...
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October 2018
Grenada field rep Tyrone Buckmire and program manager Mary Randolph toured Carriacou Island this month and saw the replanted mangrove area as well as the long sandy crescent of beach where...
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September 2018
On August 3rd, the CWC shop and project were officially launched in Carriacou. Seacology field rep Tyrone Buckmire spoke at the short ceremony, along with the Minister for Carriacou and Petit...
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May 2018
An unforeseen setback slowed the start of this project: The women’s group lost access to the storefront where they had planned to sell their products. But they have found another location and...
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