Trinidad and Tobago to ban all sea turtle harvesting

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 While I have tended to view some of the Caribbean nations as far behind the curve in terms of conservation, this article describes the Trinidad and Tobago Cabinet approval of an amendment of the Fisheries Act to ban killing, catching, possessing or sale of sea turtles and eggs.  According to the article, T&T were signatories to CITES, but this act means that sea turtles can no longer be considered by-catch.

Trinidad and Tobago have nesting populations of five of the seven species of marine turtles occurring worldwide and has one of the largest nesting populations of leatherback turtles in the world.