Drivers Warned to Stop Endangering Turtles on the Island’s Beaches

Persons driving vehicles on the beaches and interfering with turtle nests, must stop these activities.

That’s the message from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and The Environment as they again ask persons to refrain from activities which may negatively affect turtles.

The Ministry has been trying to deter persons from these activities through tips on social media and on the radio.  

However, the Ministry is still receiving reports of persons driving their vehicles on the islands beaches.  In a social media post, the Ministry said, they are also receiving reports of apparent interference of turtle nests and perhaps harvesting of eggs.

From June 1st to September 30th, it is an offence for persons to catch or assist with the catching of any turtle. It is also an offence to slaughter any turtle or for someone to buy, sell, expose for sale or has in his/her possession, the whole or any portion of turtle meat during that period.

It is also an offence to take or sell turtle eggs during the June 1 to September 30th period.

If anyone catches or assists with the catching of turtles under 20 pounds in weight, at any time of the year, that individual will be committing a crime.

May to September is the nesting time for turtles and September to December is the period for hatchlings.

Peak turtle nesting season is July to August.

Turtles are an endangered species and the work being done here is very important for the specie's survival which in Montserrat includes loggerhead, leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles.