Saving the sea turtles of Anguilla: Combining community action with scientific evidence to drive legislative change

Brief Description:
This project seeks to address the current dearth of vital data about sea turtles in order to inform management and conservation on and around Anguilla. Data will be gathered using a capture-tag-and release methodology and used to identify important foraging and nesting sites. Threats to sea turtles will be assessed and mitigation plan developed. On the basis of the information generated by the project and stakeholder consultations, an Anguilla Sea Turtle Recovery Action Plan will be completed. The project will also train individuals from Anguilla on the biology and conservation of sea turtles, sea turtle tracking and monitoring and marine spatial planning and data analysis. It will also develop a sea turtle eco-tour guide certification programme and certify at least twenty individuals, including local fishers, as sea turtle ecotour guides. A communications component will promote the need for sea turtle conservation. This is a BEST 2 initiative project.

Este proyecto busca abordar la actual escasez de datos vitales de las tortugas marinas con el fin de informar su gestión y conservación. Los datos se recopilarán utilizando una metodología de captura, etiquetado y liberación y se utilizarán para identificar sitios importantes de alimentación y anidación. Se evaluarán las amenazas a las tortugas marinas y se desarrollará un plan de mitigación. Sobre la base de la información generada por el proyecto y las consultas con las partes interesadas, se completará un Plan de acción de recuperación de tortugas marinas de Anguila. El proyecto también capacitará a personas de Anguila en biología y conservación de tortugas marinas, seguimiento y monitoreo de tortugas marinas y planificación espacial marina y análisis de datos. También desarrollará un programa de certificación de guías de ecoturismo de tortugas marinas y certificará al menos a veinte personas, incluidos pescadores locales, como guías de ecoturismo de tortugas marinas. Un componente de comunicaciones promoverá la necesidad de conservación de las tortugas marinas. Este es un proyecto de iniciativa BEST 2.
Lead Organization : Government of Anguilla, Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources
Donor: European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation (DG-DEVCO)
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Geographic Scope: National
Project Status: Completed
   Last Update: 07/01/2021

Start Date: 2016-01-04
End Date: 2019-01-04
Project Profile Manager: Stuart Wynne
Contact Email: Stuart.Wynne@gov.a
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Partners: Anguilla National Trustfund, University of Roehampton
Grant (USD): $486,444.00
Total co-financing (USD): $62,641.00
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