(CMR) The Department of Environment said a loggerhead turtle was poached from a beach in Cayman Brac as she came up to nest Wednesday night.
DoE enforcement, along with the police, on Thursday, followed up at a reported location and vehicle but with no success. The Department said the Cayman Brac loggerhead numbers are close to extinction, estimated at less than 30 mature nesting females.
Losing mature nesting turtles to poachers is one of the greatest threats facing this population and may lead to their extinction. The loggerhead sea turtle is a Part 1 protected species meaning it is protected at all times under the National Conservation Act. Take of any kind (incidental or intentional) is a breach of this Act and is a prosecutable offense.
The public is asked to report the suspicious sale of turtle meat or eggs to 925-3647 or 911.