Conservation and Protection of the Leatherback Turtle 'Dermochelys coriacea'. Short Title: Net for Turtle. (TRI/92/G51/2101/001)
Conservation and Protection of the Leatherback Turtle 'Dermochelys coriacea'. Short Title: Net for Turtle. (TRI/92/G51/2101/001)
Many leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are trapped in fishing (gill) nets each year off Matelot. Those that cannot be easily freed by fishermen are clubbed to death to free them from the net, or die by drowning. Some 20 leatherbacks were slaughtered by fishermen off Matelot between March and May, 1995.

The Grande Riviere Environmental Awareness Trust (GREAT), an NGO based in Grande Riviere, propose in the project to purchase some fishing net (4¼" mesh size) to give to the Matelot fishermen to replace net lost by cutting to free trapped turtles. The fishermen were consulted and agreed to cut their nets to free trapped turtles. The project will be implemented in two phases:
Phase 1: Fishing net provided to fishermen to repair nets cut to free trapped turtles.
Phase 2: Shift to line fishing to replace net fishing during turtle-nesting season annually.

The grant will be used to purchase fishing net to repair the nets cut by the fishermen during the rest of 1995 into the 1996/1997 nesting season, and to purchase a bait net and accessories to provide for the introduction of live-bait line fishing off Matelot during the 1997 nesting season as an alternative to net fishing.


 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
Grande Riviere Environmental Awareness Trust
Country:
Trinidad and tobago
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 3,314.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
TRI/92/G51/2101/001
Status:
Project Terminated Before Completion

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Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Participation of fisherfolk in village in removing living turtles caught in gill nets
Capacity - Building Component
Training in live-bait fishing
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Sherwin Ruiz, President
 

Address

Paria Main Road
Grande Riviere , Trinidad ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Sharda Mahabir
Email:

Address

c/o UNDP, United Nations House, 3A Chancery Lane
Port-of-Spain