A number of sea turtles are endangered, especially those we get in Saint Lucia. Three species grace us with their presence, the Green turtle, Hawkes bill and the almighty Leather backs. Saint Lucia has a turtle hunting season, which not only affects the turtles (the most important subject here) but also the tourist.
Many people who hear about the turtle hunting season are reluctant to book their holidays to this beautiful island out of protest; this then affects big and small businesses from airlines and hotels, to the local vendor selling his hand-crafted wares.
We have been up in arms fighting for the rights of these magnificent gentle giants, but to no avail. It seems that we may be looking at this in the wrong light.
I’ve been doing some serious head scratching to figure out how we can all win: protecting these hard shelled innocent guardians of the sea and keeping to the local tradition of eating turtle meat.
I would like to start off by saying that what is outlined below is not my first choice and definitely not the only choice, but it seems as though we could actually give back to the ocean, a kind of an apology if you like.